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November 17, 2010

DOE Launches New Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee

DOE launched its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC) on November 12. The new federal advisory committee reports directly to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu with advice on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) portfolio. The 19 members of the committee have experience in a variety of sectors, including academia, technology development, project finance, economic development, and utilities, and they will bring a range of technical expertise and perspectives to the committee.

The ERAC will periodically review EERE's portfolio and will advise the Secretary on the completion of long-range plans, priorities, and strategies; program funding; and any issues of specific concern expressed by the Secretary or the Assistant Secretary for EERE. The committee is expected to meet twice a year, with meetings open to the public. The committee was established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. DOE expects to organize various subcommittees under ERAC. For a full list of members, see the DOE press release. Also see the ERAC Web site.