Looking Back on a Banner Year for Clean Energy

Kelly Speakes-Backman Celebrates EERE's 2021 Accomplishments

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January 4, 2022

Looking Back on a Banner Year for Clean Energy

KELLY SPEAKES-BACKMAN

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

As we close the book on the first year of the Biden-Harris administration, I remain amazed at the professionalism and resilience of our staff at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Whether you measure our success by the number of new initiatives we’ve launched, the performance of EERE-supported technologies in the field, or the total investments we’ve committed to cutting-edge research and development, 2021 was a banner year for energy efficiency and renewables—despite the unprecedented challenges posed by an ongoing pandemic. 

Recently, I encouraged readers to become clean energy champions: advocates for decarbonization who help their friends, families, and colleagues understand the benefits of our transition to an equitable clean energy economy. As I reflect on EERE’s many achievements over the past year, I’m more eager than ever to spread the word—and more confident than ever in the persuasiveness of our case. 

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