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This guest blog post was written by William Varley, American Water 's Senior Vice President, Northeast Division.

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22.

The spirit of the annual UN World Water Day is for people everywhere to show that they care about water and that they have the power to make a difference on both a local and global level. It’s easy to find inspiration in the messages available at www.unwater.org/worldwaterday , which this year focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives. Nearly all jobs have a direct relationship to water and it is truly our most precious resource.

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Did you know that, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day? Last year, Obama Administration held a “Roundtable of Water Innovation” event and experts said that the country could reduce its water usage by 33 percent by taking simple measures like turning the water off when brushing teeth.
Congressional leaders have adopted an accelerated schedule to consider and approve funding levels for the federal government in the next fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017). And so the Alliance to Save Energy and our supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have responded with strong statements and actions in support for robust funding for energy efficiency programs at the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Generally, this year, the Alliance is advocating for funding in line with President Obama’s budget (summarized here) and support for his significant “Mission Innovation” initiative, which would increase funding for important research and development activities in the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and elsewhere across the department.
This post is the second of a four-part series that will analyze the evolution of Annual Energy Outlook’s (AEO) forecasts to show how major federal policies have changes the shape of our energy future, how these and other policies have impacted certain sectors of the economy, and where opportunities for additional savings remain untapped.
This post is the first of a four-part series that will analyze the evolution of the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook forecasts to show how major federal policies have changed the shape of our energy future, how these and other policies have impacted certain sectors of the economy and where opportunities for additional savings remain untapped.
As a nation, we are constantly on the move, traveling more often and farther than ever before in our nation’s history. This presents the opportunity for increased energy productivity – that is, the opportunity to get more economic output for less energy.
On Friday, February 26th, the Alliance to Save Energy hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill entitled “The Role of Benchmarking,Transparency and Codes in Driving a More Efficient Built Environment”. For those who missed the briefing or want a recap, please read on.
Since 2004, the Alliance to Save Energy has provided Unsung Hero Awards for those who go “above and beyond” on a daily basis to further energy efficiency, but who have not received recognition commensurate to their contributions. Through the 2016 Unsung Hero Awards, the Alliance is delighted to bring attention to the commendable work of four outstanding awardees. The Alliance was joined by key industry leaders at the March 1 Unsung Heroes Reception at the Capitol Visitor Center to honor the 2016 awardees.

With the race to succeed President Obama in full swing, we want to reflect on all that his administration has done to advance energy efficiency: enactment of S. 535, Energy Efficiency Improvement Act Of 2015; the establishment of aggressive appliance, equipment and fuel economy standards; new requirements for federal building efficiency improvements, and a landmark emissions-reduction plan.

Looking ahead, we see three major ways the next president could build upon the current administration’s energy efficiency accomplishments and, in turn, help the country find common ground, increase national security, reduce carbon emissions and more. As we peer into our “crystal ball”, we can imagine the outcome of positive energy efficiency actions the next administration could take....

An energy efficiency spring in D.C. is popping up early this year – very early indeed! As February comes to an end, the year already has witnessed significant action impacting energy efficiency at the national level.

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