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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.
Utility companies provide a range of energy efficiency programs to customers.

U.S. and Canadian electric and natural gas utilities continue to be leaders in energy efficiency investments, benefiting their customers’ pocketbooks, enhancing their comfort and productivity, and strengthening energy reliability.

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has just released its latest The State of the Efficiency Program Industry report. Prepared in collaboration with the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation, the CEE report documents the continuing growth and accomplishments of U.S. and Canadian utility-supported “demand-side management” (DSM) programs.[1]

UC Berkeley is just one of 16 colleges participating in the PowerSave Campus program.
The Alliance to Save Energy is commonly recognized as a leader in the field of energy efficiency, but our work often blurs the lines between disciplines, creating myriad benefits outside the world of energy. The Alliance’s PowerSave Campus and PowerSave Schools programs are great examples of how an interdisciplinary approach to promoting energy efficiency can generate actual energy savings while simultaneously fostering a unique, multifaceted educational experience.

Alliance Honorary Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Honorary Vice-Chairs Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) once again led the charge for energy efficiency today.

After the clock hit midnight on December 31st, 2013, many vital tax incentives provided by the federal government expired. Today, April 3rd, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden, proposed a modified markup to the long-awaited Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, which would extend several key tax provisions that incentivize energy efficiency measures.

Grand Rapids' Mayor Heartwell is the latest policymaker to endorse Energy 2030 goals.
After an incredibly successful Energy 2030 On the Road event in Ann Arbor yesterday, we were inspired by the energy efficiency efforts being made across Michigan. At the event, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell joined Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje in endorsing the Energy 2030 goal to double energy productivity by 2030 through investment, modernization and education. Here’s a look at what Grand Rapids has already done to support energy efficiency:
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor values energy efficiency

The Alliance’s Energy 2030 On the Road event series has already hit Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and we’re only just beginning. Today, we’re in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the next stop on the campaign to double our nation’s energy productivity by the year 2030.

The Midwestern city is already a proven leader in energy efficiency policies and practices. Mayor John Hieftje was the first policymaker to take the Energy 2030 pledge, setting the precedent for others in his hometown to do the same. Let’s take a look at other ways the city has supported efficiency, and be sure to tune into the live stream of the event to learn what local stakeholders have in mind for even greater energy productivity.

Energy efficiency is a slam dunk for these NCAA tournament contenders
The NCAA tournament has already been chockfull of upsets, Cinderella stories, and would-be court-rushing wins. With the tournament now into the Elite Eight round, the Alliance is pleased to present its EE Eight, which pays homage to the powerhouse energy efficiency moves of the hometowns making up our EE bracket.
Energy efficiency is our lowest cost energy resource
Studies from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) strongly reinforce that energy efficiency is a great deal and our lowest cost energy resource.
The Alliance is building a new initiative called Energy 2030 On the Road: A State and Local Campaign that will launch in May 2014. The purpose of this campaign is to build awareness of the Energy 2030 policy recommendations and goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. In order to design a roadmap for the campaign, we sent an Energy 2030 survey to nearly 400 state and local officials to assess the current landscape of energy efficiency policies and programs.