Federal politicians in the United States were involved in the fifth Clean Energy Expo in Washington last Thursday, hosted by the Sustainable Energy Coalition and the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-27 [ SolarAccess.com ] Opening speeches were made by Republican Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado and Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, along with Republican Congressman Zach Wamp of Tennessee and Democratic Congressman Marc Udall of Colorado. Kyle McSlarrow, chief of staff to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, and Susanna Drayne of the Sustainable Energy Coalition, will also speak. The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus was created in the House of Representatives in 1996 by a bipartisan group of politicians, and it had 100 members within seven months. By last year, more than one third of the House of Representatives were members under the leadership of Congressmen Matt Salmon and Mark Udall, making it one of the largest groups in Congress. “I am honored to serve with my colleagues as the new co-chair and am excited to build further a bipartisan coalition seeking to enhance the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency as a critical component of our nation’s economic and environmental security,” Wamp said earlier this year. “The Caucus embodies the idea that policymakers of both parties and every ideology can agree on the importance of utilizing energy efficiency and renewable energy–not only to protect the environment but also to ensure that the U.S. has abundant energy resources to drive economic growth,” added Udall. Exhibitors at this years expo include American Electric Power, Calpine, Duke Solar, Enron Wind, Geothermal Energy Association, Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, Global Environment Facility, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, National Hydropower Association, NEG Micon, Oak Ridge National Lab, Plug Power, Renewable Fuels Association, Solar Electric Power Association, United Nations Environmental Program, U.S. Fuel Cell Council and Vestas American Wind Technology. The Coalition is comprised of 35 national clean energy groups which promote increased federal support for energy efficiency and renewable technologies at the same time encouraging decreased reliance on unsafe or polluting energy resources.