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May 21, 2012

The Honorable Carl Levin
Chairman
Committee on Armed Services
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable John McCain
Ranking Member
Committee on Armed Services
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Levin and Ranking Member McCain:

As the Armed Services Committee begins its work on the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act, we, as members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), urge you to continue the committee’s strong support for the Department of Defense’s energy security initiatives as exemplified in parts of Title 28 of last year’s bill. These initiatives, along with the 2010 Memorandums of Understanding between DoD and the Department of Energy and DoD and the Department of Agriculture as well as Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, improve DoD’s operational effectiveness, save lives, and save money. They also provide an important catalyst for the development of American clean energy technologies, improving our energy security, creating jobs and growing the economy.
   
E2 is a non-partisan, national community of business leaders who promote strong environmental policy to grow the economy. We are entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who collectively have been involved in financing, creating or working in the early development of more than 1,100 companies, which have created over 500,000 jobs. Our members manage over $90 billion in private equity capital that will flow over the next several years into new companies.

DoD is the nation’s single largest consumer of energy, making its mission of reducing energy use and diversifying energy supplies on installations and in forward operations critically important to improving national security. The military’s installation footprint of 300,000 buildings and 2.2 billion square feet of building space is 6 times larger than that of the General Services Administration and accounts for 25% of DoD’s energy costs while global operations account for the remaining 75% by using approximately 300,000 barrels of oil a day. Every time the cost of a barrel of oil goes up a dollar, it costs DoD an additional $130 million. Last year, price fluctuations in the global oil market added billions in unforeseen costs. In addition to these financial costs, well over 3,000 American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan are attributed to fuel transport convoys.

In response to these challenges, the services, under guidance from the OSD Energy and Security Task Force have set strategic, achievable energy goals.  These include investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy in order to reduce costs, save lives and achieve other operational and installation needs.  Beyond the direct benefits for DoD, these initiatives stimulate innovation and investment in the private sector which have great benefits for the economy. American companies with promising technologies are engaging with the military to help meet DoD’s demand for new energy technologies. With the military as a customer, these emerging technologies can reach commercialization and will translate to civilian applications more quickly, providing cost savings and benefits to American businesses and consumers while creating jobs.

Especially in a time of fiscal constraint, it is important for the military to invest in long-term solutions to our nation’s energy security challenges. DoD’s clean energy initiatives are reducing our nation’s vulnerability to the fluctuating price and supply of oil and transforming the U.S. energy economy. Therefore, we urge the committee to continue to support DoD as it invests in clean, domestic, alternative sources of energy for the sake of our national and economic security.

Sincerely,

Curtis Abbott (California)
CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc
Maryvonne Abbott (California)
Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Clifford Adams (New York)
Managing Director, Coady Diemar Partners
Steven Anderson (Virginia)
VP Logistics, SOSi International
Channing Arndt (Colorado)
Sr. Research Fellow, United Nations University
Christopher Arndt (Colorado)
Private Investor & Author
Patty Arndt (Colorado)
Jay Baldwin (California)
Partner, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Frederick Baron (California)
Partner, Cooley LLP
Kathy Baron (California)
Kathy Barry (California)
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Ed Beardsworth (California)
Principal, Energy Technology Advisors
Jeff Bennett (Colorado)
Founder, Big Kid Science
Lisa Bennett (Colorado)
Fiona Bensen (California)
Laura Berland (California)
Greenlots - electric vehicle charging
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Marcella Bernstein (California)
Stuart Bernstein (California)
Founding Member, Sustainable Capital LLC
Larry Birenbaum (California)
Former SVP, Cisco Systems
Maureen Blanc (California)
Director, CHARGE ACROSS TOWN
David Bowen (California)
Consultant
Eric Bowen (California)
Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs, Renewable Energy Group
George Brandt (California)
Reid Buckley (California)
Partner, Orion Renewable Energy Group
Marisa Bueno (Montana)
Doctoral Student, Stanford University
Bob Burnett (California)
Retired, Cisco Systems
Selcuk Cakir (Massachusetts)
Managing Partner, Ethos Capital
Bill Capp (Florida)
Founder, Grid Storage Consulting
Jacqueline Capp, DDS (Florida)
Owner, JHC Studio
Steve Chadima (California)
Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy
John Cheney (California)
CEO, Enera
Matt Cheney (California)
Managing Director, Conveyance Capital Partners
David Cheng (California)
Co-Founder & CEO, ZenPayroll
Stacie Cheng (California)
Director of Business Strategy and Operations, Dell
Roger Choplin (California)
Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc.
Diane Christensen (California)
President, Manzanita Management Corp
Lyn Christenson (California)
Director, Corporate Communications, Codexis
Deborah Cincotta (California)
Writer
Tom Cole (California)
CEO, Consuming, Inc.
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Ann Colley (New York)
Catherine Crystal Foster (California)
Mark Cunningham (California)
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
John Cusack (New York)
Financial Services Risk Management, Maplecroft Limited
Mary Ann Cusenza (California)
Independent Consultant for high tech and cleantech companies
Paul Danielsen (California)
VP Business Development, MMA Renewable Ventures
Lynne David (California)
Gordon Davidson (Virginia)
Chairman and Co-Founder, Lightsense Technology, Inc.
Jayne Davis (California)
Peter Davis (California)
Retired Attorney
Wayne Davis (Massachusetts)
John Dawson (California)
Co-founder, Zentek Technology
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Andrew Deitz (California)
CEO, Verdical
Michael Delapa (California)
DeLapa Consulting
Anne Delehunt (California)
Marketing Consultant, Delehunt-Ricketts
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Heather Dennett (Oregon)
Kaiser Permanente
Harry Dennis (California)
Peggy Dennis (California)
Reid Dennis (California)
Managing Director, Institutional Venture Partners
Susan Dennis (California)
Fine Arts Advisor
Elizabeth Dreicer (California)
Co-Founder & CEO, KUITY Corp.
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Patricia Durham (California)
Scott Elliott (Washington)
CEO, MountainLogic
Niko Elmaleh (New York)
Vice President, World-Wide Holdings Corp.
Bob Epstein (California)
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Christina Erickson (Massachusetts)
Managing Director, WONDROS
Homeyra Eshaghi (California)
Graphic Designer, Khosh Design
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Kacey Fitzpatrick (California)
President, Avalon Enterprises Inc
Nancy Floyd (California)
Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Karen Francis (California)
CEO, Academix Direct, Inc
Tod Francis (California)
Founding Partner, Shasta Ventures
Clark Gates (Arizona)
General Partner, Craigmillar, LLC
Guillaume Gauthereau (New York)
Founder and Chairman, Sequoia Lab
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Co-Founder, AlikeList
Jonathan Gensler (Tennessee)
Founder/CEO, Revive Energy
Aaron Gershenberg (California)
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Tushar Gheewala (California)
CEO & Chairman, Inventions Outsource
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Mitchell Golden (New York)
Principal, Jun Group
Susan Goldhor (Massachusetts)
Biologist, C.A.R.S.
Ken Goldsholl (California)
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Nancy Goldsholl (California)
Wes Goldstein (California)
Senior Partner, Hobbs & Towne, Inc.
Lorena Gonda Kiralla (California)
Tom Goodrich (California)
Managing Director, Duff, Ackerman & Goodrich
Jon Gordon (Colorado)
Managing Partner, Sheer Velocity, LLC
Vicki Gordon (Colorado)
Kate Greswold (California)
Manager, TOSA Foundation
Tom Haggin (California)
Retired
Vicki Haggin (California)
Melody Haller (California)
Joule Strategic Communications
Doug Hammer (California)
John Harper (Massachusetts)
Principal, Birch Tree Capital, LLC
Jordan Harris (California)
Founder, OZOcar
Julie Harris (California)
Berl Hartman (Massachusetts)
E2 New England Chapter Director, Hartman Consulting
Hyman Hartman (Massachusetts)
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Carol Hazenfield (California)
Communications Coach
Sheryl Heckmann (California)
Alan Herzig (California)
Independent Director
James Higgins (California)
Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Jill Tate Higgins (California)
General Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Shiela Hingorani (California)
First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Jerry Hinkle (California)
Northern California Regional Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby
Rick Holmstrom (California)
Partner & Vice Chairman, Menlo Equities
Tom Jacoby (California)
CEO, Tymphany Corporation
Wendy James (California)
President, Better World Group
Jeni James Arndt (Colorado)
State Representative, CO Assembly
Leigh Johnson (California)
Director of Programs, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
Roy Johnson (California)
Member Board of Trustees, TheatreWorks
Nicholas Josefowitz (California)
Executive Director, Leadership For A Clean Economy
Fred Julander (Colorado)
President, Julander Energy Company
Charlene Kabcenell (California)
Former Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Derry Kabcenell (California)
Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Jerome Kalur (Montana)
Attorney at Law
Raymond Kane (Massachusetts)
Member, Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman's Association
Christopher Kaneb (Massachusetts)
Principal, Catamount Management Corporation
Kiran Kiki Kapany (California)
Chief Executive Officer, KIKIM Media
Van Katzman (Washington)
Principal, Ascent Law Partners LLP
Holly Kaufman (California)
CEO, Environment & Enterprise Strategies
Robert Keith (Montana)
Principal, Beartooth Capital Partners
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Marie Kent (Oregon)
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center
Eric Kentor (California)
Steven Kiralla (California)
Stephanie Kiriakopolos (California)
Bob Klausner (California)
Retired
Judy Klein (California)
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Charles Knowles (California)
Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Network
Stephanie Knowles (California)
Stephen Koch (California)
Principal, Resource Real Estate Group, Inc.
Catherine Korsant (Florida)
Philip Korsant (Florida)
Managing Member, Korsant Partners
Chip Krauskopf (California)
VP Business Development, Aditazz
Gina Lambright (California)
Managing Partner, TOZ Consulting
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Noelle Leca (California)
Vice Chair, Chair-Elect, NCPB, Inc.
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rebecca Lee (California)
Waidy Lee (California)
Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Grace Lee Park (Oregon)
Craig Lewis (California)
Founding Principal, RightCycle & CLEAN Coalition
Cynthia Lewis (California)
Shannon Lewis (California)
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Roger Liddell (New York)
Vice Chairman, Clear Harbor Asset Management, LLC
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
Alison Long Poetsch (California)
Principal, SHR Investments
Tracy Lyons (California)
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Andrew Magee (Massachusetts)
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Marguerite Manteau-Rao (California)
Entrepreneur, blogger
David Marcus (Massachusetts)
CEO, General Compression
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, Rally Software Development
Wynn Martens (Colorado)
Outreach, University of Colorado
Christine Martin (California)
Clinical Nurse Specialist, San Francisco General Hospital
James Marvin (Massachusetts)
Regional Manager, North America East & Canada, Expeditors International of Washington Inc.
Julia Massa (California)
Bonnie Matlock (California)
Nancy McCarter-Zorner (California)
Plant Pathologist
Bill McClure (California)
Attorney/Partner, Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel LLP
Christina McClure (California)
Curator, TEDxYouth @ Mid Peninsula
Jim McDermott (California)
Managing Partner, U.S. Renewables Group
Lisa Mihaly (California)
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Karen Miller (Massachusetts)
President, Belly Shmooze
Kate Mitchell (California)
Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Wes Mitchell (California)
Board Member, Foto Forum, SFMOMA
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Michael Moradzadeh (California)
Commodore, Corinthian Yacht Club
Robert Morgan (Colorado)
Chief Development Officer, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) America
David Moyar (New York)
President & CEO, MEI Hotels Inc.
Gib Myers (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund and Founder/board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation
Susan Myers (California)
Ed Nammour (New York)
Carl Nettleton (California)
President, Nettleton Strategies LLC
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Eliane Neukermans (California)
Nadine North (California)
CEO, The North Point
Carrie Norton (California)
Founder & CEO, Green Business BASE CAMP
M. Kent Norton (California)
Rita Norton (California)
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Kathy Nyrop (California)
Consultant
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
Larry Orr (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Nina Orville (New York)
Principal, Abundant Efficiency, LLC
Jack Oswald (California)
CEO, SynGest Inc.
Lyn Oswald (California)
Jim Panttaja (California)
R&D Advisor, Conversa Health
Mary Panttaja (California)
Vice President, Product Management, RebelVox
Peter Papesch (Massachusetts)
Architect, Papesch Associates
Eric Park (Oregon)
Director, Ziba Design
Neela Patel (California)
Executive Director of Business Engagement, Seattle Genetics
Jim Patton (California)
Senior Director - Global Trade Compliance, Apple
Rebecca Patton (California)
Matt Peak (Indiana)
Director of Clean Technologies, Prize Capital, LLC.
Jean Pierret (California)
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Jeff Poetsch (California)
Principal, JCP Advisors
Christopher Pribe (California)
Prad Rao (California)
Investor
Grant Ricketts (California)
CEO and Co-Founder, Tripos Software, Inc.
Kate Ridgway (California)
Real Estate Professional
James Rogers (California)
Senior Sustainability Manager, The North Face
Al Rosen (California)
Director and Principal, Absolutely Solar Inc.
David Rosenheim (California)
Founder and CEO, JobsWithImpact
Jackie Rosenheim (California)
David Rosenstein (California)
President, Intex Solutions
Joan Rossetti (Massachusetts)
Chair, Environmental Affairs Committee of the Prudential Center Residents' Association
Amy Roth (California)
Laurie Rothenberg (New York)
Tom Roush (New York)
Private Investor and Environmental Activist
Jacqueline Royce (Massachusetts)
Independent Scholar
Karen Rucker (Colorado)
President, ByHandConsulting
Michael Rucker (Colorado)
CEO, Scout Clean Energy
Julie Rudick (California)
Stuart Rudick (California)
Partner, Mindful Investors, LLC
Ella Saunders (Massachusetts)
Tedd Saunders (Massachusetts)
CSO, The Saunders Hotel Group
David Schwartz (California)
Michael Schwarz (California)
Lauren Scott (California)
Paul B. Scott (California)
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Transportation Power Inc
Lt Gen (ret) Noman Seip (Virginia)
Owner, NS Solutions, LLC
Anneke Seley (California)
CEO, ALIO Inc.
Carol Sethi (California)
Patient's Administration, Valley Medical Center, San Jose
Kuldip Sethi (California)
CEO, SV Greentech Corp.
Tim Sexton (California)
Principal, Make Good Group
Reid Shane (California)
Barbara Simons (California)
Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research
Jon Slangerup (California)
Chairman and CEO, American Global Logistics
Sandra Slater (California)
Owner, Sandra Slater Environments
Jennifer Solow (California)
Author
Marc Stolman (California)
Attorney, Stolman Law office, E2 Climate Project Leader
Usha Sunkara (California)
Ed Supplee (California)
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Jim Sweeney (Massachusetts)
President, Sustainable New Energy
Sven Thesen (California)
Communication & Technology, Better Place
Todd Thorner (California)
CEO / Founder, JTN Energy
Laney Thornton (California)
The Laney Thornton Foundation
Pasha Thornton (California)
Flashpoint
Cariad Thronson (California)
CEO, Forefront Communications
Robert Thronson (California)
VP Business Development, Vigilent
Christopher Tilley (California)
CEO, SunLink Corporation
Sharon Tilley (California)
Director of Product Management, Fair Isaac & Co
John Tourtelotte (Massachusetts)
Managing Director, Rivermoor Energy
Roger Ullman (New York)
Executive Director, Linden Trust for Conservation
Thomas Van Dyck (California)
Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management
Mark Vander Ploeg (California)
Retired, Investment Banker
Aino Vieira da Rosa (California)
Architect, Aino Maria Vieira Da Rosa, AIA
Kirby Walker (California)
Independent film/video producer
Alex Wall (Oregon)
Privacy Counsel, Marketo, Inc.
Dorothy Weaver (New York)
Babel Networks Limited
Samuel Weaver (Colorado)
President/CEO, Cool Energy, Inc.
Bill Weihl (California)
Principal, Weihl Consulting
Jeffrey Weiss (Rhode Island)
Member, Clean Energy Venture Group
Dave Welch (California)
President, Infinera Corporation
Heidi Welch (California)
Clint Wilder (California)
Contributing Editor, Clean Edge
Ellie Wilder (California)
Trevor Winnie (Oregon)
Former Senior Research Analyst, Clean Edge
Andrew Winston (Connecticut)
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Christine Winston (Connecticut)
Tonia Wisman (California)
Erik Wohlgemuth (Oregon)
COO, Future 500
George Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Founder and Director Emeritus, The Woods Hole Research Center
Katharine Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Retired Administrator
Mary M. Yang (California)
Former Biotech Co-Founder & President
Daniel Yost (California)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Stephanie Yulga Deitz (California)
Head of Lower School, Marin Country Day School
Margaret Zankel (California)
Martin Zankel (California)
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel
Paul Zorner (California)
Locus Solutions

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