Cynthia L. Thyfault, Founder and CEO of Westar Trade Resources, was selected as Chairman of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC), at the December 1, 2016 committee meeting.
Ms. Thyfault was re-appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in October to serve a third two-year term on the committee. The REEAC Committee was established in 2010, at the behest of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, to provide support and make recommendations on behalf of U.S. RE&EE manufacturers and service providers in the export market. REEEAC’s mission is to advise the Secretary on programs and policies that will increase U.S. market share, in order to expand domestic manufacturing, create jobs and support economic growth. REEEAC is the only government advisory committee within the Executive branch charged with making recommendations to increase exports in this strategic and fast growing sector.
REEEAC includes 33 senior executives representing the broad range of products and services for which the U.S. is a world leader (including solar, wind, hydro and hydrokinetic, geothermal, biomass, biofuels, waste-to-energy, energy efficiency, smart grid and energy storage).
“The rapid increase in global demand for clean energy technologies and services provides a great opportunity for American businesses to introduce their world-class products and services to new markets,” Secretary Pritzker said. “The Committee’s guidance and recommendations are instrumental in our efforts to address global climate change and promote U.S. leadership in environmental stewardship while expanding U.S. exports and strengthening our nation’s economy.”
In the growing RE&EE market, the U.S. is the world leader in providing innovative, competitive, and sustainable products and services. Continued export growth and the economic impact that it provides the U.S. economy is essential to maintaining the U.S. leadership role, and also provides an important offset to our trade deficit.
Throughout its history, the REEEAC has provided more than 30 recommendations to address a wide range of issues, including: fostering market conditions to strengthen the environmental technology manufacturing base, enhancing support and coordination from government and research programs, reducing gaps in export financing, and improving programs of federal trade policy and promotion agencies. More information on the REEEAC can be found at http://2016.export.gov/reee/eg_main_023040.asp