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In an exciting development in December, I was able to witness the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy Hog mascot receive the Silver Award in the Smart Jobs and Consumers category during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Energy Smart Communities Initiatives (ESCI) Awards Ceremony, underscoring the mascot’s effectiveness in providing energy efficiency education for youth around the country.
This week, the Senate took up and began consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. And things got off to a promising start. Some of the first action on the bill involved bipartisan votes on amendments sponsored by Republicans and Democrats alike. On Thursday, January 28, Sen. Johnny Isakson (for himself and Sens. Michael F. Bennet, Rob Portman, and Jeanne Shaheen) introduced S. Amdt. No. 3042, which would add provisions based on the SAVE Act to the bill. The SAVE Act has been an Alliance legislative priority for some time.
Building energy codes are a critical means for improving the energy performance of our homes and commercial buildings, which collectively make up our country’s largest energy-consuming sector. When a state or local government adopts an updated building energy code, a minimum level of efficiency is established for new buildings to achieve. Codes, historically, have been agnostic with respect to the generation of energy. Rather, codes have been focused exclusively on energy conservation in buildings.
The Energy Efficiency Global Forum returns to Washington D.C. on May 11-12 to celebrate the Alliance to Save Energy’s ninth year hosting the premier international energy efficiency forum. This year’s theme – Driving Productivity and Profitability through Energy Efficiency – will convene industry leaders from across borders and sectors who can speak to the energy efficiency policies, financing mechanisms and innovative new technologies that are helping companies improve the bottom line and meet sustainability goals.
Immediately after helping to host a side event at the UNFCCC COP21 negotiations in France, I had the opportunity to travel to China. My timing couldn’t have been more relevant. The week before I arrived in Shanghai, Beijing had issued its first-ever air quality red alert since adopting an emergency air-pollution response system in 2013, shutting down the capital of the world’s most populous country. There was stark contrast between the enormous optimism that suffused the Le Bourget climate negotiating complex, situated just outside of scenic Paris, and the air quality problem facing China.
The Alliance to Save Energy hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on Thursday, January 14, entitled Cutting Edge Technologies and Businesses: Opening the Door for Energy Efficiency Deployment at Scale. Topics covered included new technologies and trends, the role of data and the crucial importance of a prepared workforce. Read on for a summary of important ideas and emerging trends from the briefing’s dynamic panel of speakers.
Democratic presidential hopefuls are gathering in hopes of garnering additional national attention before the rapidly approaching primary season. In this debate, we hope to hear an emphasis on the importance of doubling energy productivity in order to advance a modern American energy economy. Here are some points we would like to hear brought up:
A new year is the perfect time to increase the energy efficiency of our homes — not just to save money (although that is a great reason), but also to lower our energy consumption and reduce our carbon footprint. While we all like to save money on our living expenses, it's imperative we take steps to realize a more sustainable energy ecosystem. The journey to more earth-friendly and affordable energy begins at home.
President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address begs a review of this Administration’s legacy of energy efficiency policies and programs designed to improve our country’s energy productivity. It’s a great story!
Hard on the heels of a successful international negotiation in Paris, the start of 2016 marks an unprecedented opportunity for nations around the world to enact meaningful energy efficiency policies that will improve their national energy productivity while contributing to the international climate plan. Just like in the United States, where energy efficiency is a key part of states’ strategies to comply with new regulations capping CO2 emissions from fossil-fueled power plants, implementing energy efficiency policies and practices will be the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way for political leaders the world over to meet the emissions-reduction targets agreed to at COP21.

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