February 2020
In October of 1867 naturalist John Muir was in the middle of a thousand-mile walk through the South when he met a cotton planter, Mr. Cameron, on his farm outside of Augusta, Georgia. He predicted that “the time is coming, though we may not live to see it, when that mysterious power or force, used now only for telegraphy, will eventually supply the power for running railroad trains and steamships, for lighting, and, in a word, electricity will do all the work of the world.” […]
Erin Gill, SEEA Policy Committee Member, Takes on New Role
Erin Gill, the former Director of Sustainability under Tennessee Mayor Madeline Rogero, was appointed as Chief Policy Officer in December 2019 and is overseeing communications, sustainability, and the Center for Service Innovation, as well as State/Federal legislative affairs and other projects. Erin has been a valued member of the SEEA Policy Committee since its inception.
Drive Electric Florida Selects Inaugural Executive Director
On January 22, Drive Electric Florida (DEFL) announced the appointment of Matthew Alford as its inaugural Executive Director. Alford joins DEFL with nearly a decade of experience working with Florida’s policymakers, most recently in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he served as the Deputy Legislative Affairs Director for Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried. 
Mississippi Energy Coordinators Association Conference - Call for Speakers
The Mississippi Energy Coordinators Association (MECA) has issued a call for speakers for their annual conference March 25-26, 2020.

If you would like to participate, please send your name, company/affiliation, presentation title, and brief description for consideration to dallas.baker@jmcfirm.com .
Atlanta Housing RFP
Monday, February 17, is the last day to respond to an RFP with Atlanta Housing
for consulting services to assist with preparing a sustainability plan.
DOE Announces $125.5 Million in New Funding for Solar Technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) recently announced new funding for solar research and development projects. mandatory letters of intent are due on March 9 . The SETO 2020 Funding Program will award up to $125.5 million to 55-80 solar research and development projects that will advance technologies to lower the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve grid reliability. The SETO 2020 funding opportunity features eight topic areas, which address a core technology area or challenge facing the solar industry. 
Understanding Utility Energy Efficiency Policy Webinar - Recording Now Available
The recording for our most recent webinar Understanding Utility Energy Efficiency Planning is now available on the SEEA website. This is the first in a series that communicates essential information on the development of energy efficiency policies across the Southeast. The first webinar, which aired on January 30, addressed the utility and regulatory landscape of the Southeast, existing state policies for energy efficiency, utility energy efficiency planning processes, and opportunities for third-party engagement across SEEA’s eleven states. 

This webinar series accompanies our  State Guides to Utility Energy Efficiency Planning . The Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia state guides are available now. Additional state profiles and webinars are coming soon!
Southeast Energy Summit 2020
October 5-7, 2020 | Atlanta, GA
The Southeast Energy Summit, hosted by SEEA and presented by Georgia Power , will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis October 5-7, 2020. Stay tuned for more information.
February 17-20, 2020 | Anaheim, CA
Join SEEA President,  Mandy Mahoney  at the premier energy industry conference that draws the top program managers, implementers, marketers, evaluators, policy makers, consultants and manufacturers in Demand-side Management, Demand Response and IDSM.

Mandy  will be speaking on  Wednesday, February 19 at 4:15 p.m.  on the  Regional Round-Up Panel  offering her unique perspective on best practices, barriers, and the future of energy efficiency in the Southeast alongside leaders from three additional regional organizations.
Drive Electric Florida Legislative Day
February 19, 2020 | Tallahassee, FL
Join Drive Electric Florida at the Florida Capitol, visiting legislators and promoting EV adoption and infrastructure development throughout the state.

For more information or to RSVP, contact  Matt Alford , executive director.
Georgia Capitol EV Day
March 17, 2020 | Atlanta, GA
SAVE THE DATE for EV Day at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta to talk with legislators about the benefits of electric transportation, and the policies and programs that are necessary to support electric transportation across the state. More information coming soon!

Questions? Contact Anne Blair , director of energy efficient transportation.
March 23-25, 2020 | Atlanta, GA
Explore the smartest, most cost-effective ways to improve the efficiency of hot water systems, the second largest energy user in the home. In addition, learn about the intersection between hot water systems and important issues like equity and decarbonization.

At this unique two-day event, with more than 25 breakout sessions on new programs and ideas, you will meet with industry leaders and fellow professionals in a welcoming community that is passionate about hot water issues in the latest technology, system design, sectors, and programs and policies.
March 31, 2020 | Atlanta, GA
Join more than 400 local government officials, transportation experts and industry leaders for the 3rd ConnectATL Summit to learn about the rapid advancements in transportation technology and their impacts on the communities of the Atlanta region. Together, we will explore best practices for collaborating to create a stronger, better-connected, and more prosperous region.

Director of Energy Efficient Transportation, Anne Blair  will be participating on a panel at the summit.
April 6-9, 2020 | Charlotte, NC
Join SEEA staff at the Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition , hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) April 6-9, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This "can't miss" event will bring together stakeholders across industry sectors for vital conversations on accelerating the use of electrification technologies – from transportation, to industrial processes, to smart home applications and many more.
Job Postings
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Washington, D.C.
American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy | Washington, D.C.
American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy | Washington, D.C.
American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy | Washington, D.C.
Energy Foundation | Raleigh, NC
Florida Department of Agriculture & Conservation Services | Tallahassee, FL
Member News
Thank You New & Renewing Members
Welcome new members: Chick-fil-A , The Home Depot , Proterra , and SkillDemand .

We are proud to partner with you and excited about the opportunities 2020 brings!
Questions about SEEA membership? Contact Pamela Fann, director of member services .