WASHINGTON - March 19 - The House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE/EE) Caucus today announced that Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV) has joined the congressional group as its 224th participant bringing membership up to more than a majority of the voting Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The body now includes 220 voting Members (134-D; 85-R; 1-I) representing 45 states as well as four (D) non-voting delegates from Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, making the RE/EE Caucus one of the largest caucuses in the U.S. Congress.
Founded in 1996, the House RE/EE Caucus is co-chaired by Reps. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Zach Wamp (R-TN) with Reps. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Greg Walden (R-OR) serving as vice-chairs.
The House RE/EE Caucus is a non-legislative, bi-partisan, information-sharing clearinghouse that regularly provides its members with updates on the status and potential of the cross-section of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.
Since its founding, the Caucus has worked closely with the Sustainable Energy Coalition.
Jointly-sponsored activities have included an annual Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo which brings 50-60 sustainable energy businesses to the Congress to display their technologies and which typically attracts 3,000+ visitors; the next is slated to be held on June 8, 10 am - 5 pm, in the Cannon House Caucus Room.
During the past year, the Caucus and the Coalition have also co-hosted a series of briefings for Members, their staffs, and the general public on the status of solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric, hydrogen, and energy efficient technologies.
Most recently (i.e., March 17), the Caucus and members of the Coalition sponsored a seminar on the Fisal Year 2005 budget and related policy issues affecting renewable energy.
The Caucus also distributes to its members a weekly compilation of news stories prepared by the Coalition on sustainable energy issues.
A copy of the complete list of members of the House RE/EE Caucus may be requested by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer.Barrett@mail.house.gov
Also available is a listing of the 33 members of the Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus with which the House Caucus and the Sustainable Energy Coalition also work closely.