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Research Highlights

A Visit to the California Governor's Inaugural

On January 4, staff members of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and other Lab staff journeyed to Sacramento to participate in the pre-inaugural festivities marking the second term of California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. An all-day fair held on the lawn in front of the state capital was an opportunity for the public to learn something about California's industries, agriculture, and educational and research institutions.

Berkeley Lab's EETD was invited to show off some of the energy-efficient technologies it has developed, which not only reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions efficiently, but also help the state's industries create jobs and maintain a competitive edge in the world marketplace. These technologies include cool roofing materials to reduce air conditioning energy use, lighting and automatic control systems to increase building energy efficiency, and technologies to reduce standby power loss in appliances.

Development of these technologies were funded by the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research program, the U.S. Department of Energy, and private partners, among other sources.

During the course of the day, EETD volunteers met the general public, and a few notable figures, including the Governor's wife, Maria Schriver, Patti Garamendi, wife of Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, and former Secretary of State George Schultz.

Honors for Alan Meier

Kateri Callahan shaking hands with Alan Meier

Figure 1. Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan congratulates Alan Meier.

Alan Meier received an Alliance to Save Energy "Unsung Hero" of Energy Efficiency Award on February 13. Kateri Callahan, ASE President, presented the award and made some remarks, including the following:

"If there is one characteristics that qualifies Alan as an unsung hero, according to his colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, it is his unerring ability to identify important energy-saving opportunities that are so far ahead of their time that they are typically unfundable for the first few years, while Alan manages to get the rest of us to pay attention. But his ideas have been great for the country - and the world."

Some recent examples of Alan's ideas and work:

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