ITA seeks additional nominations for REEEAC

By Erin Voegele | August 16, 2022

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration is seeking additional nominations for members of its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee in an effort to widen the pool of qualified candidates and to ensure that diverse points of view are represented.

The agency in June published a notice renewing the REEEAC and seeking nominations for membership. The nomination period originally closed on July 22. On Aug. 12 the ITA published a subsequent notice extending the nomination period through Aug. 25. The agency said all nominations received during the initial nomination period will be duly considered during the extended solicitation period and should not be resubmitted.

The REEEAC advises the secretary of commerce regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of U.S. exports of renewable energy and energy efficiency goods and services.

The committee’s work on renewable energy is expected to focus on technologies, equipment, and services to generate electricity, produce heat, and power vehicles from renewable sources, such as solar, wind, biomass, hydropower, geothermal and hydrogen. The committee’s work on energy efficiency is expected to focus on technologies, services, and platforms that provide system-level energy efficiency to electricity generation, transmission and distribution. Climate solutions in the energy sector, such as low-carbon hydrogen production, clean energy transportation and virtual power plants are also within the scope of the committee, according to the ITA.

For the purposes of the REEEAC, covered goods and services will not include vehicles, feedstocks for biofuels, or energy efficiency as it relates to consumer goods or buildings. Non-fossil fuels that reduce carbon consumption, such as liquid biofuels and pellets, are included.

The committee will consist of approximately 35 members, including those that represent U.S. companies, U.S. trade associations, U.S. private sector organizations, and civil society groups with activities focused on the export competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency goods and services.

The REEEAC currently includes members representing Lignetics, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the U.S. Grains Council.

Additional information is available on the Federal Register website