Obama Building New Energy Policy Council With Cleantech Leaders?


Updated: We’ve heard from a couple of our sources that President Obama is forming an advisory council on energy and economic policy that would be staffed by cleantech leaders, including the CEOs of some buzz-worthy startups along with some high-profile investors. Someone high up on Obama’s “green team” was making phone calls this week to bring well-known cleantech execs out to D.C. for meetings this week and next — after which an announcement will likely be made, we’re being told. We’re not sure how formal the council will be but we’ll bring you more details as we get them. Update: After talking to more of the members of the meetings today, this sounds less of an official group, but more a group of cleantech leaders from which Obama wants to learn.


Update: The CEO of Kleiner Perkins-backed carbon software startup Hara, Amit Chatterjee, has confirmed with us that he was one of three CEOs that met with Obama this morning at the White House to discuss energy and environmental policy. We’ve also heard that execs from these firms also met with Obama this week: Standard Renewable Energy, Dow Corning, Positive Energy, FPL, Hycrete, Applied Materials (s AMAT) and Cree Lighting. Cree just released a press release on the meeting and sent over this photo.

Given that Obama has had the support of cleantech leaders since his campaigning days, we’re thinking that anyone from that sector would jump at the chance to help inform a council. Obama also needs some sound advice now that the climate bill is rounding the Senate and the first U.S. cap and trade system is in sight.

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