IEEE-USA Energy Fly-In (10-11 June)
IEEE-USA invites any IEEE member with an interest in Energy Policy to come to Washington on 10-11 June 2013 for our Fifth Annual Energy Fly-In. This unique event will give IEEE members an unparalleled opportunity to directly influence the direction of Energy Policy in Washington.
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There are 81 new members of Congress this year. Some of them, including Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), know quite a bit about energy and technology policy. (Rep. Massie has a degree from MIT and founded a successful technology company.) Most, however, do not. That holds true for returning members of Congress as well.
Our Energy Fly-In offers you a chance to build connections with the new members of Congress, reaffirm relations with existing members, and educate all members about IEEE-USA Energy Policy Recommendations.
There are a host of energy-related issues confronting Congress that will directly impact IEEE members' careers and lives. Everything from electric cars to nuclear power and the smart grid are on the table. Before decisions are made and laws enacted, Congress needs to hear from engineers who really understand how our energy systems work
— who know what is science and what is science fiction.
In other words, Congress need to hear from you. IEEE-USA is hosting its fifth annual Energy Fly-In on 10-11 June for all IEEE members in the United States. At the event you meet privately with your elected representatives and their staff to discuss energy policy. This will give you the best possible chance to share your expertise with the men and women who run our country.
If I Can't Come
Meeting directly with legislators in
Washington is the best way to
influence Congress, but traveling to
D.C. may not always be convenient.
If you can't join us in June, there
are still ways for you to help
technology engineers be heard.
IEEE-USA encourages engineers who
are interested in these issues to
contact the IEEE-USA staff to
discuss opportunities for you and
your local IEEE section.
June, participants will be fully briefed by IEEE-USA staff
and key IEEE volunteers on the state of energy policy debate
in Congress. You will learn what the budget picture looks
like, what obstacles are slowing reform, and what your
legislators need to do to address these problems. We will
also teach you what to expect during your meetings and how
to make the most of them.
with this information, participants will head to Capitol
Hill on 11 June for personal meetings with your elected
leaders and/or staff.
and experience have shown that personal meetings between
voters and their elected leaders are the single best way to
influence legislative outcomes. Legislators want to hear
from voters back home. They assume that, if a voter makes
the effort to travel all the way to Washington, the voter
must feel strongly about the issue. Politicians desperately
want to know what issues are important to their voters, so
they listen when you take the time to tell them.
Qualifications for participation in the IEEE-USA Energy
Fly-In are as follows:
must live in the United States and be an IEEE member
must care about energy policy issues
it. Experience, an understanding of the legislative process
and familiarity with energy policy are all nice, but not
necessary. If you want to learn, IEEE-USA will teach you
everything you need to know before your meetings. All you
need to bring is enthusiasm and a willingness to help your
government make better decisions on how to power our
you have never engaged the political system before, this is
the absolute best way to start!
fly-in participants pay their own travel expenses. IEEE-USA
will be providing some meals to all participants and has
structured the event to minimize costs.
IEEE-USA will be able to provide funding for a limited
number of engineers to attend this event. Sponsored
participants will be chosen based on the political
importance of their legislators. In the past, some sections
and regions have also been willing to sponsor a limited
number of participants. Contact your section and region
leaders directly for more details.
Fly-In Schedule (tentative)
2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Energy Policy Briefing
Dinner (provided by IEEE-USA)
Tuesday, 11 June
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All Day Capitol Hill Visits
will not know your exact itinerary until your meetings are
scheduled. Historically most of these meetings occur in the
morning and virtually all before 3:00 p.m. If travel
requirements demand that you leave D.C. before 6:00 p.m. on
Tuesday, please let IEEE-USA know so that we can arrange
your Hill visit schedule to accommodate your travel
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regarding fly-in logistics or Congressional meetings:
Questions regarding Congress, legislation and the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee:
08 April 2013
Russ Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org