SOURCE: Johnson Controls, Inc . / U.S. Energy Association

Johnson Controls, Inc . / U.S. Energy Association

Johnson Controls, Inc . / U.S. Energy Association

Johnson Controls, Inc . / U.S. Energy Association

June 18, 2009 18:42 ET

"Efficiency First" Guides 20th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum

Event Honors First Inductees Into Energy Efficiency Forum Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - "Efficiency First: Transforming America's Energy Future" guided remarks and panel discussions during the 20th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum June 15-16 in Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) and the U.S. Energy Association (USEA), the event attracted more than 300 leading energy experts, policymakers, business executives and top administration officials.

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivered the keynote address the same day she appeared before Congress to launch the multi-agency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which will promote energy-efficient housing and other efforts. During her Forum address, she shared the agency's aggressive goals for creating green jobs, addressing the climate crisis and putting the country on a path to energy independence. She pointed to surging population growth, overwhelming demands on energy infrastructure, and requisite industrial expansion as reasons why energy efficiency is critical to America's future.

"We know that we will not be able to reach that future and meet our needs as a society with a business as usual approach," said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson. "One of the best things we can do for our economy and our environment is to focus on energy efficiency."

In her first public appearance, the newly appointed U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary of Energy Kristina M. Johnson also addressed the Forum. An electrical engineer with more than 129 U.S. and foreign patents or patents pending, Johnson highlighted three key initiatives. She mentioned the planned creation of an "energy hub" consisting of energy efficiency R&D centers, a joint program between DOE and the National Science Foundation that will train thousands of individuals in energy technology, and the pending funding of approximately 50 proposals under the direction of the Advanced Research Project Agency for Energy.

"It's a very exciting time at DOE. It's a very exciting time for the country," said Johnson. She went on to explain how these three DOE signature programs will help foster a green economy.

Lending an international perspective to the Forum, Christoph W. Frei, Ph.D, secretary general of the of the World Energy Council (WEC) and former senior director of energy, industries and policy at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, discussed the significance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Copenhagen later this year.

A packed Forum agenda also included remarks from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), ranking Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who split her time between the Energy Efficiency Forum and Capitol Hill where the energy bill was undergoing an intense mark-up session.

Also present was Anthony E. Malkin, owner of the Empire State Building and president of W&M Properties, Wien & Malkin and W&H Properties. The Empire State Building will soon reap $4.4 million in energy savings annually, a 38 percent energy reduction, attesting to the importance of building efficiency and its role in America's larger energy landscape.

In addition, attendees listened to presentations by:

-- Dan W. Reicher, director of climate change and energy initiatives,

-- Mayor Tom Leppert of Dallas, Texas

-- Steven R. Specker, president and CEO, Electric Power Research Institute

During the morning session, Reid Detchon, executive director, climate and energy, United Nations Foundation, led a discussion on the theme of the Forum, "Efficiency First: Transforming America's Energy Future." Panelists included Thomas R. Kuhn, president and CEO, Edison Electric Institute, Christoph Frei, and Roger Cooper, executive vice president, policy and planning, American Gas Association.

A strategic dialogue followed the luncheon keynote address. David Cole, Ph.D., chairman, Center for Automotive Research, joined Alexander "Andy" Karsner, former assistant secretary, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, to discuss "Efficient Vehicles: Paving the Way to a Smarter Grid."

To commemorate the Forum's 20th anniversary, the two-day event began June 15 with the induction of more than 20 energy leaders from the past 20 years into the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame. Held at the Newseum, this inaugural event honored individuals who have advanced the mission of the Energy Efficiency Forum: To be the premier forum that promotes an energy efficiency ethic through the presentation of national and worldwide views on energy efficiency and the resulting impact on the environment, national security and economic growth. The Energy Efficiency Forum Executive Council will select new Hall of Fame inductees every five years. Profiles of the 2009 inductees can be found at

About United States Energy Association

The United States Energy Association is the U.S. Member Committee of the World Energy Council. USEA is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations, and government agencies. It represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy sector by increasing the understanding of energy issues, both domestically and internationally. In conjunction with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Energy, USEA sponsors our nation's Energy Partnership Program. Membership in USEA is open to all organizations having an interest in the energy sector of the United States. For more information, please visit

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit

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