Friday, April 23, 1010

A week later…….WOW how exciting is it for me to know that Representative Donnelly and his chief of staff contacted every person who wrote a letter to let them know he signed it. He even provided them with a copy of all the signatures! What a great end to Lobby Day!

Cheryl Richards is global market development manager of Wind Energy for PPG Industries and chair of ACMA’s Green Composite Committee.

Cheryl Richards is global market development manager of Wind Energy for PPG Industries and chair of ACMA’s Green Composite Committee.

I flew into Washington D.C. from the JEC Composites show in Paris. The day before, there was volcanic activity in Iceland, which shut down airports in western Europe. We had no idea the magnitude of disruption the volcano would cause. By the time I arrived in D.C., I knew that I was fortunate to get out of Paris without any travel hassles and knew that the request to support ACMA with this caucus was the right thing to do.

I had never participated in a Composites Caucus before, but when being asked to support an event focused on wind energy, I couldn’t turn it down. I have been lobbying for wind energy policy for a few years now, whether internally to my colleagues or externally in D.C. and to our representatives.

Early on the day of the Caucus event, I walked to the Rayburn Building with Pete Emrich of MFG for breakfast. It was a beautiful day. I’ve been to DC before to lobby for wind energy policy, so I’m not a newcomer, but I’m not an expert on getting around. I do know that the Senate and House buildings are on either side of the Capitol. But which side? Pete and I eventually got it right.