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Boosting elevator efficiency can have a substantial impact on building energy use.
Building energy efficiency has been a hot topic of discussion for quite some time now. Efficiency advocates are all too familiar with the fact that 40 percent of the nation’s energy demand comes from buildings. However, people seem to be less familiar with the huge impact that elevators can have on buildings’ consumption.
The 2015 Energy Productivity Index compares the energy productivity of countries across the globe and provides policy recommendations for improvements.
According to the International Energy Agency’s 2013 World Energy Outlook, global energy demand is poised to grow at 3.6 percent a year throughout the coming decades. Further, global energy productivity increased, on average, 1.3 percent per year from 2001-2011. But the productivity gains of the last decade could soon erode, due to exponential increases in population growth and the slow deployment speed of many existing and new energy efficient technologies and practices.
The Alliance to Save Energy is privileged to have influential Members of Congress serving as honorary members of our Board of Directors. Through their strong leadership, the Alliance has continued to advocate for the advancement of energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and energy security. In this series, we will highlight the excellent work of our Honorary Vice-Chairs and the states they represent. In this seventh installment, we’re applauding the efficiency accomplishments of Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Congressman Ralph Hall of Texas and Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and their years of service to the Alliance.
Since launching eleven years ago, the Alliance’s PowerSave Campus Program has graduated over 350 interns. The most recent alumni survey indicated that 75 percent of graduates consider themselves to be employed in a “green career” and many cite their experience with PowerSave as a major influence in choosing that career. This is an exciting statistic for the program, but omits the personal alumni stories that motivate PowerSave staff members and help current interns set goals.
Alliance Honorary Vice-Chairs Congressmen McKinley (R-W.V.) and Welch (D-Vt.) have reintroduced a modified version of H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which passed the House last year. The new version is very similar to the previous iteration, but it does not include the Water Heater Efficiency Act provision, which Congressmen Whitfield (R-Ky.) and Welch (D-Vt.) plan to introduce as a standalone bill due to the time sensitivity of the provision. The remaining provisions in the modified H.R. 2126 — Better Buildings, Energy Efficiency Data Centers and Energy Information for Commercial Buildings — would produce annual savings of $4.37 billion and eliminate 20.36 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year by 2030.
We’re living in a country where energy use is dropping while the economy is growing, where investment in efficiency and clean energy technologies are top priorities and where it’s possible to achieve the Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 goal to double U.S. energy productivity. The Sustainable Energy in America 2015 Factbook, released last week, shows these trends and more, giving us great hope for a more secure energy future. There’s a lot to be excited about, but additional action is needed across all sectors and at all levels of government in order to build upon this momentum.
On Monday, President Obama released his Budget Request for FY 2016. The request outlines some impressive goals and highlights the President’s priorities for the remainder of his term. We are very pleased to see that one of these priorities is the commitment to doubling the nation’s energy productivity by 2030, as evidenced by his proposed budgets for programs that support energy efficiency.
Raleigh is a hub for energy efficiency innovation.
We’re excited to be in North Carolina today to engage with regional stakeholders at the inaugural Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030: A State and Local Dialogue! If you aren’t yet familiar, the Dialogue is an important element of our recently launched Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Council on Competitiveness (Council), seeking to build momentum and support for doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. We’re working towards this goal by garnering endorsements from the public and private sectors through a series of dialogues in cities across the country. In honor of the event today, we’re highlighting Raleigh’s energy efficiency achievements to date, which have laid solid groundwork for additional actions we hope to encourage with today’s dialogue.
Washington, D.C. welcomed back lawmakers at the beginning of January, and the 114th Congress wasted no time taking up legislation aimed at approving the extension of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The House of Representatives passed a bill to extend the pipeline on January 9th, and the Senate voted 62-36 to allow construction of the controversial $5.4 billion project on January 29th. It’s expected that President Obama will veto the bill and it is currently expected that supporters of the project lack the necessary two-thirds majority to override a veto.
Homeowners show in recent polls that energy efficiency is a top priority.
Today’s economic concerns, rising global temperatures and changing energy environment have inspired national and global discussions about human practices and policies. While national leaders might struggle to agree on legislation, it seems that most Americans are in agreement about important energy efficiency issues.

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