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Calling all federal energy specialists disappointed by the General Services Administration’s recent decision to pull out of a prestigious energy trade event scheduled in St. Louis for August: You now have an alternative.

“A band of industry partners,” as they call themselves, have arranged a Federal Energy Management Workshop for roughly the same dates. It will be hosted by the same sponsors and include participants originally set to attend the 15-year-old GovEnergy conference.

The event designed to explore management solutions for agencies to become more energy-efficient “is a convenient option for those who already had their travel plans booked,” according to a promoter from Schneider Electric, one of the organizers. “It also is an attempt to help ease the hardships faced by hotels who have tons of cancellations.”

Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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