Former CO Gov. Bill Ritter, CA State Sen. Kevin de León to Keynote 2/28 Energy Conference

Speakers to discuss energy efficiency finance, innovation and key policies

February 22, 2013
Contact: 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Media Contact:
Joaquin McPeek, 916-492-7173, jmcpeek@edf.org

WHAT: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Citi to host “Innovations in Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation Finance II,” featuring former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and California State Senator Kevin de León as keynote speakers.

The conference will convene some of the utmost experts of energy efficiency finance in the country to discuss strategic partnerships, key statewide and US policies and innovative ways to realize the full potential of energy efficiency.

Mr. Ritter served as Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011, and is currently the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

Mr. de León was elected to the California State Senate in 2010, after serving four years as a State Assembly member. He is currently the author of Senate Bill 37 (SB 37), which would establish a first-in-the nation On-Bill Repayment (OBR) program allowing consumers a creative way to save money and energy by financing energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy projects through their utility bills.

The OBR program was envisioned by EDF, the sponsor of SB 37. OBR provides a new route to funding clean energy investments at attractive terms, relying solely on private third-party financing.

WHEN:  
Thursday, February 28th at 9:00AM (PT)

WHO:
Bill Ritter, former Gov. of Colorado, current Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy
Kevin de León, California State Senator, 22nd District
Brad Copithorne, Director of Clean Energy Financing Solutions for Environmental Defense Fund

**Full agenda and speaker list here**

WHERE:
Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA

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