The X PRIZE Foundation was delighted to hear that the King of Sweden is honoring Andy Karsner with the prestigious insignia of Commander of the Polar Star. Many of you know that - during his tenure as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept. of Energy - Andy initiated DOE's strong and ongoing support of the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE. And many of you know that Andy has continued to be supportive as a new and active official Advisor to the PRIZE.
But you may not have known that, as Assistant Secretary, Andy was extremely active internationally as well as domestically. Among his initiatives were two bilateral agreements between Sweden and the U.S. covering joint developments in biofuels and plug-in electric hybrids. The King of Sweden is honoring Andy for these and other efforts that have strengthened cooperative developments in the field of renewable energy. Congratulations Commander Karsner!