ACCA Hosts Daniel Simmons Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Arlington, VA (February 24, 2020)  The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announces Daniel Simmons, assistantDaniel_Simmons.png secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy, will offer a keynote address at the ACCA Annual Conference on March 17 in St. Louis, Missouri. Assistant Secretary Simmons will then tour the trade show to meet with contractors and manufacturers to discuss federal energy efficiency programs.

In his role as Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Daniel R Simmons leads EERE to promote affordable and reliable energy to enhance America’s economic growth and energy security. He oversees technology development in energy efficiency, renewable power and sustainable transportation sectors.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Energy, Daniel served as the Institute for Energy Research’s vice president for policy, overseeing its energy and climate policy work at the state and federal level. He previously served as the director of the natural resources task force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, was a research fellow at the Mercatus Center and worked as professional staff on the committee on resources of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Utah State University and George Mason University School of Law.

Barton James, ACCA president and CEO said, “ACCA is once again, very proud to host Assistant Secretary Simmons for a keynote address, and is excited that he will meet with contractors and industry professionals to hear first-hand their concerns with the decades-long focus on equipment-focused efficiency programs. ACCA supported President Trump’s nomination of Mr. Simmons and his eventual confirmation by the Senate because he has proven to be a thoughtful leader who understands the need to emphasize the role contractors play in our nation’s efficiency portfolio. We look forward to continuing this great relationship with Mr. Simmons.”

This will be the third time Assistant Secretary Simmons has met with ACCA members. In 2017, he spoke with ACCA’s Board of Directors during their congressional fly-in and spoke about regulatory reforms taking place at the Department of Energy. ACCA also hosted him for a keynote address at ACCA’s 2019 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information please contact Deb Weiner, ACCA manager of communications and strategic partnerships, at or 703-824-8862.


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ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environment and energy services community. Our member firms are the nation's most professional contracting businesses, serving residential and commercial customers in every state. With roots stretching back a century, ACCA was incorporated in its present form nearly 50 years ago. Today, ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors throughout the nation. Learn more about ACCA here.