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The Current - January 2012
The Current
January 2012

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Where Do We Go from Durban
By Laura Tierney

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) concluded in dramatic fashion, finishing nearly two days later than scheduled. The two-week annual summit, held from November 28 to December 11 in Durban, South Africa, produced several significant outcomes, including:

  • A new, second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, to begin in 2013 and conclude in 2017 or 2020;
  • The Durban Platform, which provides a clear negotiating pathway towards a new "protocol, legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force” by 2015 that involves all countries, both developed and developing, and is implemented by 2020; and
  • Further implementation of the Cancun Agreements, notably the implementation of the Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Committee and the advancement of Climate Technology Center & Network.
While these outcomes demonstrate the survival and success of the multi-lateral process in Durban, this conference fell short of addressing the critical need to raise the target levels of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction commitments to keep global warming within 2˚C.

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2012 Year of Sustainable Energy for All
UN Foundation

More than 1.3 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, and 1 billion more only have intermittent access. Some 2.7 billion people – almost half of humanity – rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating. That use is estimated to create serious indoor air pollution that prematurely kills nearly 2 million people per year.

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People Power - Celebrating the International
Year of Cooperatives
By Jennifer Taylor
 
This year has been declared the International Year of Cooperatives. For more than 150 years, cooperatives have been selling produce, delivering electricity, offering financial services, establishing housing, providing health care, and much more.

The modern movement traces its roots to a store started by weavers in the town of Rochdale in northern England in 1844. The group was guided by a set of principles drawn up by one of its members, Charles Howarth. When introduced into the U.S. by the National Grange in 1874, these "Rochdale Principles” fueled a cooperative explosion. Today, more than a billion people around the world belong to cooperatives, and at least 100 million of them are employed by co-ops.
 

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Sponsor Spotlight - Van Ness Feldman
Emily Pitlick, Van Ness Feldman, P.C.

Van Ness Feldman, P.C. is a law and policy firm specializing in energy, environment, natural resources and public lands. Within these fields, we provide strategic business advice, legislative and policy advocacy, legal and regulatory compliance counsel, representation in administrative proceedings and litigation, and support for project development, permitting, and transactions before state and federal agencies, Congressional leaders, and the courts. The firm currently has over 95 law and policy professionals in Washington, D.C. and Seattle, WA. In 2012, the firm further expanded its portfolio by combining with the Seattle law firm of GordonDerr LLP, a preeminent real estate, land use, water law, and civil litigation firm in the Pacific Northwest.

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WCEE Executive Director Speaks in Amsterdam
By Joyce Chandran

I was recently invited by Energia, an international network on gender and sustainable energy, to speak about WCEE at Energia’s conference in Amsterdam. The two-day conference, with over 100 attendees representing 37 countries, focused on "Bridging the Gender Gap for Development Effectiveness in the Energy Sector.”

The conference, sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), brought together representatives from governments, utilities, financing institutions, private sector, NGOs, and donor agencies working on gender and energy issues. The aim of the conference was to inform policymakers and development partners about strategies to integrate gender concerns into energy policies and programs in a more systematic and cost-effective manner.

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Members in the News

Jennifer Taylor
Jennifer Taylor has accepted a position at Seminole Electric Cooperative in Tampa as supervisor of communications. She will begin her new job in February. Jennifer is presently an Environmental Policy Representative with the Government Relations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

She has been a dedicated member of the WCEE Current newsletter team. We are excited for her, but will miss her excellent ideas and hard work on the newsletter.

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Long time WCEE sponsor Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) was recently ranked 97th in the top 100 "Best Companies to Work For” list by FORTUNE Magazine. FORTUNE partners with the Great Place To Work Institute to conduct extensive employee surveys - which determine two-thirds of a company’s score. SEL choose to survey 100 percent of their employee owners, and the company’s placement on the list is largely due to the positive feedback they provided.
(Please see the recent
Sponsor Spotlight on Schweitzer Engineering)

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Upcoming WCEE Events:

1/31/2012
WCEE Luncheon:
Featuring The Honorable Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Danish Ambassador to the United States

2/15/2012
Interactive Session:
"Direct Your Energy!" for proven success, led by energy expert, Vicki Sandler

3/8/2012
WCEE Woman of the Year 2012: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator


 

 

The Current Team

Lisa Hyland, CSIS

Jennifer Taylor, NRECA

Laura Taylor, Gaia PR

Laura Walter, PJM

Pat McMurray, WCEE's Marketing & Communications Section

Jayne Brady, Public Relations Consultant Co-chair, WCEE's Marketing & Communications Section





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