The shining sun and the coastal breezes refreshed the 28th Annual NAESCO Conference in San Diego, CA earlier this month. Exhibitors displayed energy-efficient innovations, presenters touted streamlined procurement protocols and economically viable projects. Yet a cloudy outlook was conveyed through stories of government gridlock and a maze of policy obstacles that inevitably attaches to energy initiatives large and small.
During the 2 ½ day conference, the Hilton’s halls were filled with energy industry thought leaders and regulatory designees; each of them – along with brilliant, high-powered attendees – was more impressive than the next. Immersed in this amazing brain trust, it occurred to me that everyone there needed to be an expert not just in their respective fields, but also incredibly savvy in ever-complicated public policy dynamics.