Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi briefed attendees on several issues affecting commercial real estate, including the anticipated extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Pelosi said passage was a priority of the Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., and that it could happen before the congressional recess in August.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel Bodman highlighted three initiatives underway at DOE: Advanced Energy, Advanced Competitiveness and High Performance Buildings, and emphasized the government's commitment to being a partner in driving energy efficiency and energy independence through technology, alternative fuels and innovation.
NBC News chief financial analyst Mike Jensen moderated a panel on energy policy that included Congressional members and representatives from environmental organizations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. BOMA International was cited several times during the panel as the leading association on energy issues within the industry, and Chairman-Elect Brenna Walraven was called on to highlight BOMA's educational efforts and other programs.