Energy efficiency has a bright future despite minor setback

Energy efficiency policy experienced a set-back this week as the Shaheen-Portman bill (S. 2262) was derailed before reaching a final vote on the Senate floor. It has been seven years since Congress has passed a major energy bill, and non-energy efficiency related pent-up political issues were blamed for contention over the legislation.

In other words, the disagreements over Shaheen-Portman had nothing to do with the bill itself; everyone agrees about the merits of energy efficiency. After all, the House of Representatives recently passed energy efficiency bill H.R 2126 with overwhelming bi-partisan support, and the President announced last week that the Administration would provide $2 billion in additional funding for energy efficiency performance contracts.

Today, President Obama announced plans to create and extend energy efficiency policies and programs that benefit millions of Americans across the country. These actions will save taxpayer dollars, help businesses and households reduce their energy bills, create domestic jobs, and bring the nation one step closer to its goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.
The Alliance applauds three major state government associations for adopting “Principles for Including Energy Efficiency in 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.” The document encourages EPA to recognize energy efficiency as a valuable tool for complying with upcoming greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants.
While college students are studying for midterms, socializing at parties, and applying to part-time jobs, they are not considering their energy usage. The same is true for professors and administrators who are only on campus for a limited number of hours each day and more often than not, enter a classroom or office where the lights, projectors, and office equipment are already turned on and ready to go. This apathy among energy users—largely driven by a lack of knowledge—is the challenge that campus energy managers face as they work to make strides in energy efficiency.
This is the second in a series of posts about the Administration's strong and successful efforts on energy efficiency. The last post focused on CAFE standards. At the beginning of President Obama’s first term the United States faced a number of challenges, including the worst recession in a generation. In early 2009, the Recovery Act—the $800 billion economic stimulus package—was signed into law. The Recovery Act was designed to help the economy in the short term, but the Administration also wanted to ensure that the stronger post-recession economy was built on American manufacturing and technology, fueled by American energy sources. And since the cleanest, cheapest, and most reliable energy source is the energy that isn't used, the Recovery Act allocated more to energy efficiency—$32 billion—than any other single law in U.S. history. In total, approximately one-third of the energy-related funds in the package were allocated to energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency is a winning issue for both sides of the aisle.
Energy efficiency continues to be a winning issue for both sides of the aisle! The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced two bipartisan energy efficiency bills by voice vote.
Tackling the most critical energy challenges facing our nation and our world requires strong leadership – leadership from a diversity of voices and perspectives, including women.
The theme for Earth Day 2014 is "Green Cities"
Each year on April 22nd, events are held worldwide in celebration of Earth Day, the movement established by the Earth Day Network in 1970. Although it has occurred every year since, each Earth Day presents a new opportunity to bring awareness to different “green” issues through a global theme. For 2014, the theme “Green Cities” has been selected, emphasizing the importance of smart investments in sustainable technology and forward thinking public policy at the city level.
President Barack Obama speaking at a White House function.
This is the first in a series of posts about the Administration's strong and successful efforts on energy efficiency.
Americans are using public transportation at higher rates
Public transportation is a daily reality for many, and when you’re riding the subway or taking the bus to work, you may feel like you have all the information you need about your commute. But even if you know how to navigate your city without a car – and maybe even without a GPS – there is still more to learn about how these systems are evolving. We’ve highlighted a couple of recent studies showing the changing commuting habits of American households. It’s clear that the data supports the transportation goals outlined by the Energy 2030 Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy and funding that goes towards public transportation is both effective and necessary.