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U.S. Department of Energy to Host Regional Energy Efficiency Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on June 3-4

April 20, 2010 - 12:00am


WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a major Energy Efficiency Conference for industry and government leaders in Istanbul on June 3-4, 2010. This two-day conference, co-sponsored by the American-Turkish Council, will focus on the future of energy efficiency in Southeast Europe and the Caucasus while showcasing cutting-edge technologies, identifying best practices, and providing guidance to both businesses and governments on reducing costly energy consumption.

Confirmed speakers include Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz; Georgia's Minister of Energy Alexander Khetaguri; Bulgaria's Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Traycho Traikov; and Amb. Richard Jones (Deputy Executive Director, IEA).

Industry experts from a number of organizations - including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Alliance to Save Energy, Climate Savers Computing, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, the Institute for 21st Century Energy, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the World Bank - are assisting in planning and developing the conference and will be speaking during the event. In addition, a range of scientific and technical experts on energy efficiency from DOE's national laboratories, industry and academia will address the conference.

Improving energy efficiency provides a powerful tool for achieving sustainable development and increasing competitiveness in all sectors of the economy. This conference will offer the technical assistance and support to help countries from across Southeast Europe make important and cost effective investments in energy efficiency.

As U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently stated, "The most prosperous, competitive economies of the 21st century will be those that use energy efficiently."

For more information, including the list of speakers, agenda, and registration information, please go to the conference website at

Media contact(s):

Ayse Sumer (; 202-783-0483)
Ilan Stein (; 202-586-9925)