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ESPCs and UESCs help reduce energy consumption and save taxpayer dollars.
As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the Federal government is always trying to find ways to reduce energy consumption and save valuable taxpayer dollars. One popular method used to reduce consumption is through improved energy efficiency because it has proven to be a cost-effective way to produce significant savings. However, due to the nature of energy efficiency projects, with the costs paid upfront and savings accrued annually thereafter, it can be difficult to fund such projects. A common sense solution to this problem is the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs). These agreements allow Federal agencies to form beneficial partnerships with outside companies to alter the cost structure of energy efficiency projects, but recent interpretations of the budgetary process by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) have made it more difficult for Federal agencies to use ESPCs and UESCs.
Add energy efficiency items to your back to school shopping list.
It’s back to school time! From kindergarten to college, it’s a season that can incite mixed emotions. Some eagerly await a new year of learning, but for others, the summer blues hit hard. No matter how you’re feeling as summer winds down, you can at least look forward to the opportunity to shop for new, fresh supplies to kick of the school year. If you feel guilty about your materialism, never fear. Here’s a handy list of eco-friendly, energy efficient back to school supplies that everyone can agree on.
New innovations in EV technology are appearing every day.
To say that Tesla Motors has been making the news lately would be somewhat of an understatement. Earlier this summer, the electric vehicle company announced it would be opening all of its patents for other companies to utilize for building their own models. Ubiquitous CEO Elon Musk said of the decision, “It is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis.”
Grocery stores are making changes to increase the energy efficiency of operations.
Massive office buildings and elaborately lit structures are generally the first buildings that come to mind when considering the biggest energy users. However, the grocery store is a frequented spot often overlooked in terms of its energy usage. Illuminating shopping aisles, keeping food properly refrigerated and operating cash registers requires a large amount of energy. Let’s take a look at how grocery stores are working to improve energy management and lower the energy consumption of your dinner supply destination.
As the economy recovers, consumers and businesses continue to strive for greater energy efficiency.
From corporations to small businesses to individuals, saving energy means saving money. The question is, how much does the allure of extra cash impact the decision to save energy? And, at what point do other benefits of energy efficiency become just as motivating?
Consumers are able to save more energy when they have more information about their energy usage.
Even given the energy efficiency accomplishments of the Administration that we've highlighted so far in this series, there are several milestones that could not have been reached without the help of outside entities. The government cannot solve all of our energy challenges, and we cannot achieve energy goals such as doubling U.S. energy productivity without the support and involvement of the private sector. It's clear that President Obama and his team understand how important it is to work collaboratively for even greater energy savings.
The NHL has set goals to increase energy efficiency across the League.
The National Hockey League (NHL) describes its fan base as being the youngest, most affluent, most educated and tech-savvy of all major sports leagues. Why does this matter? This demographic also happens to be committed to “sustainable living,” as hockey fans are 11 times more likely than the average American adult to recycle and 20 times more likely to pay more for eco-friendly products. Following in its fans’ footsteps, the NHL released its 2014 Sustainability Report, highlighting measures being taken at all facilities to increase energy efficiency and cut CO2 emissions.
On July 11th, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), reintroduced legislation that would update current tax codes for commercial roofs, creating jobs in the construction industry while expanding energy efficiency in the built environment. S.2388, the Energy-Efficient Cool Roof Jobs Act, enjoys bipartisan support, with Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Alliance Honorary Vice-Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) signing on as co-sponsors. A companion bill, H.R.4740, has also been introduced to the House by Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).
Developments in energy efficiency technology will allow consumers to save more energy than ever before.
By now, you’ve likely heard about smart technologies that “learn” your habits and automatically adjust the energy use of your home. Companies like Nest and Opower as well as terms like the “Internet of Things” were completely unfamiliar just a few years ago, and are now working their way into everyday conversations. There’s a lot of information out there — let’s take a look at a few of the factors contributing to the surge of big investments in energy efficiency technology.
Energy 2030 recommendations alight with Chairman Upton's "Architecture of Abundance" energy policy plan.

Energy efficiency has served for nearly four decades and remains today as America’s cheapest, cleanest and most abundant resource.

It’s no wonder House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) capitalized on the abundance of energy efficiency opportunities in his energy plan. Released last week, the plan consists of five pillars that address current energy issues while also providing a foundation for future energy policy.