History

Four decades ago, Republican Senator Charles Percy and Democratic Senator Hubert Humphrey assembled a bipartisan, nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders that today has become the leading voice in energy efficiency.

The Alliance to Save Energy began in response to a very critical period in our nation’s energy history – the OPEC Oil Embargo crisis of 1973 – and continues its mission today: to create a more energy-efficient world. In doing so, we aim to improve economic health, increase national security and reduce carbon emissions.

For more historical milestones, review our annual reports to witness the strides we have made – and challenges we have overcome – to advance energy efficiency in the U.S. and around the world.

The Alliance is the sum of over 120 Associates and a diverse and bipartisan Board of Directors, led by our Honorary Chair Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and our Industry Co-Chair Jane Palmieri, Business President of Dow Building & Construction at The Dow Chemical Company together with an array of other foundations, organizations, partners and stakeholders. If you are not part of the Alliance, we encourage you to join us in realizing a world where our greatest energy resource is the energy we don’t use.

Timeline

1977Senators Charles Percy and Hubert Humphrey founded the Alliance to Save Energy as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in Washington, D.C.
1978The Alliance mounts its first national TV public service advertising campaign. Gregory Peck promotes energy conservation by declaring “Don’t Blow it America.” 
1979Alliance board member Robert Stobaugh’s Harvard study, Energy Future, popularizes energy efficiency as a new solution to the nation’s energy crunch.
1981Following President Reagan's drastic reductions in federal efficiency activities, the Alliance adapts by initiating new research programs and pilot demonstrations that outline innovative methods to promote energy efficiency in private markets.
1982The Alliance to Save Energy designs the first methodology to evaluate efficiency as an energy resource for a public utility.
1983“As a model of citizen and corporate cooperation, the Alliance shows the way this country really operates – government working with the private sector, labor, management, and consumers united to solve a national problem.” – Senator Charles H. Percy
1984Alliance chairman Senator John Heinz advocates for legislation (later enacted) that allows governors to shift fuel assistance funds to energy-efficiency upgrades for low-income homes. To date, this legislation has moved nearly $2.5 billion into energy-efficiency investments.
1987President Reagan vetoes, then signs the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, mandating federal energy-efficiency standards for many commonly used appliances.
1988The Alliance, together with United Way of America, helps non-profit service agencies across the country finance energy-efficiency improvements to their buildings through innovative pooled performance contracting.
1990Energy-efficiency provisions crafted by the Alliance for the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 help ensure that efficient and affordable housing is available to all Americans.
1991The Alliance establishes its new corporate partnership Associates program, committed to working with a diverse group of interest to promote the benefits of energy efficiency. 
1992Following years of legislative effort, congressional testimony and collaboration with industry partners by the Alliance, the Energy Policy Act of 1992 is signed into law and includes major energy-efficiency programs.
1993Recognizing the need for global energy efficiency, the Alliance launches an international program resulting in projects in Russia, Ukraine, Central Europe, Mexico and China.
1994With the U.S. energy efficiency industry, the Alliance undertakes educational and market development export missions to Mexico, followed by ones to Portugal and China; new business deals create American jobs while promoting a cleaner global environment.
1995The new Congress attempts a major funding and regulatory rollback of energy efficiency. Led by its Chairman Senator Jeff Bingaman and its Co-chairmen Senator Jim Jeffords and Representatives Ed Markey and John Porter, the Alliance coordinates the energy-efficiency industry's work to successfully hold the line.
1996The Alliance opens its first overseas office in Kaliningrad, Russia; followed closely by offices in Ukraine and Hungary the following years. 
1997Leading up to the Kyoto Convention on Climate Change, the Alliance releases Energy Innovations: A Prosperous Path to a Clean Environment, a groundbreaking report outlining measures to guide the economy toward more secure, lower cost, less polluting means of producing energy.
1998Working with a coalition of states, efficiency and advocacy groups, the Alliance helps secure a $45 million increase in funding for federal energy-efficiency programs.
1999Spurred by the Alliance’s report, Leading By Example: Improving Energy Productivity in Federal Government Facilities, President Clinton issues an executive order calling for the federal government to reduce its energy use 35 percent and cut its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2010.
2000The Alliance helps negotiate a rule with the Department of Energy that will increase the efficiency of clothes washers 35 percent by 2007, saving more than four Quads of energy.
2001Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, former CIA Chief James Woolsey, and others speak at the Alliance’s first Summit on Energy Efficiency, which spotlights energy security.
2002Alliance-sponsored Static Electricity House TV public service ad is judged and voted the #2 greatest commercial in the world.
2003Alliance participates in major natural gas summit to examine the crisis and ensure that energy efficiency solutions are part of the dialogue and subsequent National Petroleum Council natural gas study.
2004The Alliance initiates its Green Campus program (now PowerSave Campus), working with California Universities to introduce the concepts of energy efficiency and conservation into course curricula and campus life. 
2005Working with a coalition of industry experts and congressional leaders, the Alliance ensures energy-efficiency provisions are a driving force in landmark federal energy legislation known as EPAct 2005.
2006Responding to rapid growth in energy consumption and population in the southeastern U.S., SEEA is officially incorporated as a 503(c)(3) nonprofit in Georgia. That same year, the Alliance completes upgrades designed to achieve LEED-CI (Commercial Interior) Silver certification in its new energy-efficient office space in the heart of Washington, DC.
2007In our 30th anniversary, year the Alliance holds its first Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EEGlobal). The event takes place in Washington, D.C., drawing over 800 delegates from 40 counties to showcase energy efficiency on a worldwide scale.
2008Amid rising fuel prices, the Alliance launches the Drive $marter Challenge, a consumer campaign encouraging fuel-efficient driving. Through and interactive website and savvy public outreach, the challenge saves consumers 334,543 gallons of gas, 34,543 metric tons of CO2 and $1.2 million.
2009The Alliance and public power partners launch the Clean and Efficient Energy Program (CEEP), a groundbreaking initiative the promotes investment in energy efficiency from publicly owned utilities across the United States.
2010The International Code Council (ICC) adopts a landmark national model code that increases efficiency for residential and commercial buildings by 30%. The same year, the Alliance creates a European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) to address urgent need for action on energy efficiency.
2011The Alliance helps Sen. Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) write a comprehensive energy efficiency bill. The Senate Energy Committee passes both the Shaheen-Portman bill and the Alliance-backed Appliance Standards Bill, including updated refrigerator standards.
2012Alliance President Kateri Callahan celebrates New Years on a media tour with the Alliance Associate Phillips and the company's LED Times Square Ball, ringing in a year of three special anniversaries for the Alliance: Our 25th birthday, our 20th Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner, and our 5th EE Global.

Senators Charles Percy and Hubert Humphrey founded the Alliance to Save Energy as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in Washington, D.C.

The Alliance mounts its first national TV public service advertising campaign. Gregory Peck promotes energy conservation by declaring “Don’t Blow it America.”

Alliance board member Robert Stobaugh’s Harvard study, Energy Future, popularizes energy efficiency as a new solution to the nation’s energy crunch.

Following President Reagan's drastic reductions in federal efficiency activities, the Alliance adapts by initiating new research programs and pilot demonstrations that outline innovative methods to promote energy efficiency in private markets.

The Alliance to Save Energy designs the first methodology to evaluate efficiency as an energy resource for a public utility.

“As a model of citizen and corporate cooperation, the Alliance shows the way this country really operates – government working with the private sector, labor, management, and consumers united to solve a national problem.” – Senator Charles H. Percy

Alliance chairman Senator John Heinz advocates for legislation (later enacted) that allows governors to shift fuel assistance funds to energy-efficiency upgrades for low-income homes. To date, this legislation has moved nearly $2.5 billion into energy-eff

President Reagan vetoes, then signs the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, mandating federal energy-efficiency standards for many commonly used appliances.

The Alliance, together with United Way of America, helps non-profit service agencies across the country finance energy-efficiency improvements to their buildings through innovative pooled performance contracting.

Energy-efficiency provisions crafted by the Alliance for the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 help ensure that efficient and affordable housing is available to all Americans.

The Alliance establishes its new corporate partnership Associates program, committed to working with a diverse group of interest to promote the benefits of energy efficiency.

Following years of legislative effort, congressional testimony and collaboration with industry partners by the Alliance, the Energy Policy Act of 1992 is signed into law and includes major energy-efficiency programs.

Recognizing the need for global energy efficiency, the Alliance launches an international program resulting in projects in Russia, Ukraine, Central Europe, Mexico and China.

With the U.S. energy efficiency industry, the Alliance undertakes educational and market development export missions to Mexico, followed by ones to Portugal and China; new business deals create American jobs while promoting a cleaner global environment.

The new Congress attempts a major funding and regulatory rollback of energy efficiency. Led by its Chairman Senator Jeff Bingaman and its Co-chairmen Senator Jim Jeffords and Representatives Ed Markey and John Porter, the Alliance coordinates the energy-e

The Alliance opens its first overseas office in Kaliningrad, Russia; followed closely by offices in Ukraine and Hungary the following years.

Leading up to the Kyoto Convention on Climate Change, the Alliance releases Energy Innovations: A Prosperous Path to a Clean Environment, a groundbreaking report outlining measures to guide the economy toward more secure, lower cost, less polluting means

Working with a coalition of states, efficiency and advocacy groups, the Alliance helps secure a $45 million increase in funding for federal energy-efficiency programs.

Spurred by the Alliance’s report, Leading By Example: Improving Energy Productivity in Federal Government Facilities, President Clinton issues an executive order calling for the federal government to reduce its energy use 35 percent and cut its greenhouse

The Alliance helps negotiate a rule with the Department of Energy that will increase the efficiency of clothes washers 35 percent by 2007, saving more than four Quads of energy.

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, former CIA Chief James Woolsey, and others speak at the Alliance’s first Summit on Energy Efficiency, which spotlights energy security.

Alliance-sponsored Static Electricity House TV public service ad is judged and voted the #2 greatest commercial in the world.

Alliance participates in major natural gas summit to examine the crisis and ensure that energy efficiency solutions are part of the dialogue and subsequent National Petroleum Council natural gas study.

The Alliance initiates its Green Campus program (now PowerSave Campus), working with California Universities to introduce the concepts of energy efficiency and conservation into course curricula and campus life.

Working with a coalition of industry experts and congressional leaders, the Alliance ensures energy-efficiency provisions are a driving force in landmark federal energy legislation known as EPAct 2005.

Responding to rapid growth in energy consumption and population in the southeastern U.S., SEEA is officially incorporated as a 503(c)(3) nonprofit in Georgia. That same year, the Alliance completes upgrades designed to achieve LEED-CI (Commercial Interior

In our 30th anniversary, year the Alliance holds its first Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EEGlobal). The event takes place in Washington, D.C., drawing over 800 delegates from 40 counties to showcase energy efficiency on a worldwide scale.

Amid rising fuel prices, the Alliance launches the Drive $marter Challenge, a consumer campaign encouraging fuel-efficient driving. Through and interactive website and savvy public outreach, the challenge saves consumers 334,543 gallons of gas, 34,543 met

The Alliance and public power partners launch the Clean and Efficient Energy Program (CEEP), a groundbreaking initiative the promotes investment in energy efficiency from publicly owned utilities across the United States.

The International Code Council (ICC) adopts a landmark national model code that increases efficiency for residential and commercial buildings by 30%. The same year, the Alliance creates a European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) to address urgent need fo

The Alliance helps Sen. Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) write a comprehensive energy efficiency bill. The Senate Energy Committee passes both the Shaheen-Portman bill and the Alliance-backed Appliance Standards Bill, including updated refri

Alliance President Kateri Callahan celebrates New Years on a media tour with the Alliance Associate Phillips and the company's LED Times Square Ball, ringing in a year of three special anniversaries for the Alliance: Our 25th birthday, our 20th Evening wi

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