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.
Kateri Callahan Alliance to Save Energy
Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee last Wednesday in support of efficiency standards for appliances, equipment and vehicles. The focus of the hearing was whether the trend of end-of-term increases in regulatory actions, which peaked under President George W. Bush, would continue as the Obama Administration wraps up its business and prepares for the transition. As always, the Alliance and Ms. Callahan welcomed the opportunity to talk about the importance of and benefits from standards, which have proven to be one of the most effective and cost-effective efficiency policies of all time.
green banks and financing alliance to save energy
I predicted last month that 2016 could be a big year for green banks, which are sprouting up across the U.S. A green bank is, according to the nearby Maryland Clean Energy Center, “a financial organization that uses strategic public-private partnerships to overcome market barriers and increase the amount of private capital available to finance clean energy projects.” Indeed, the green bank movement has had a pretty good start of the year. The efforts in Maryland now have the backing of key legislators, who have filed bills in the state Senate. Stay tuned for more: things happen quickly during the 90-day session of the General Assembly and hearings are already set.