Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) photo_reuben_sarkarmembers will have an audience with one of the key leaders in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) when Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar speaks during the annual “Opportunities in Energy” event the afternoon of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Sarkar oversees EERE’s Sustainable Transportation area, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. EERE is at the center of creating the clean energy economy today and leads the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to develop and deliver market-driven solutions for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation.

EERE invests annually more than $600 million with a focus to reduce oil dependence, avoid pollution, and create jobs by designing and manufacturing petroleum alternatives and more energy efficient cars and trucks, including a portfolio of electric vehicles, engine efficiency, and clean domestic fuels. EERE also plays a key role in advancing America’s “all of the above” energy strategy, leading a large network of researchers and other partners to deliver innovative technologies that will make renewable electricity generation cost-competitive with traditional sources of energy.

In addition, EERE leads a robust network of researchers and other partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy-saving solutions, which helps make our country run better through increased efficiency—better plants, manufacturing processes, products, new homes, ways to improve older homes, and buildings in which to work, shop, and lead our everyday lives.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Sarkar’s moderated fireside chat will be complimented by three panel discussions with representatives from leaders in the automotive industry; the utilities, energy, research and academic sectors; and the policy and economic development sectors.

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For more information about Deputy Assistant Secretary Sarkar, here.