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.
In an exciting development in December, I was able to witness the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy Hog mascot receive the Silver Award in the Smart Jobs and Consumers category during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Energy Smart Communities Initiatives (ESCI) Awards Ceremony, underscoring the mascot’s effectiveness in providing energy efficiency education for youth around the country.
This week, the Senate took up and began consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. And things got off to a promising start. Some of the first action on the bill involved bipartisan votes on amendments sponsored by Republicans and Democrats alike. On Thursday, January 28, Sen. Johnny Isakson (for himself and Sens. Michael F. Bennet, Rob Portman, and Jeanne Shaheen) introduced S. Amdt. No. 3042, which would add provisions based on the SAVE Act to the bill. The SAVE Act has been an Alliance legislative priority for some time.
Building energy codes are a critical means for improving the energy performance of our homes and commercial buildings, which collectively make up our country’s largest energy-consuming sector. When a state or local government adopts an updated building energy code, a minimum level of efficiency is established for new buildings to achieve. Codes, historically, have been agnostic with respect to the generation of energy. Rather, codes have been focused exclusively on energy conservation in buildings.
The Energy Efficiency Global Forum returns to Washington D.C. on May 11-12 to celebrate the Alliance to Save Energy’s ninth year hosting the premier international energy efficiency forum. This year’s theme – Driving Productivity and Profitability through Energy Efficiency – will convene industry leaders from across borders and sectors who can speak to the energy efficiency policies, financing mechanisms and innovative new technologies that are helping companies improve the bottom line and meet sustainability goals.
Immediately after helping to host a side event at the UNFCCC COP21 negotiations in France, I had the opportunity to travel to China. My timing couldn’t have been more relevant. The week before I arrived in Shanghai, Beijing had issued its first-ever air quality red alert since adopting an emergency air-pollution response system in 2013, shutting down the capital of the world’s most populous country. There was stark contrast between the enormous optimism that suffused the Le Bourget climate negotiating complex, situated just outside of scenic Paris, and the air quality problem facing China.
The Alliance to Save Energy hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on Thursday, January 14, entitled Cutting Edge Technologies and Businesses: Opening the Door for Energy Efficiency Deployment at Scale. Topics covered included new technologies and trends, the role of data and the crucial importance of a prepared workforce. Read on for a summary of important ideas and emerging trends from the briefing’s dynamic panel of speakers.
Democratic presidential hopefuls are gathering in hopes of garnering additional national attention before the rapidly approaching primary season. In this debate, we hope to hear an emphasis on the importance of doubling energy productivity in order to advance a modern American energy economy. Here are some points we would like to hear brought up:
President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address begs a review of this Administration’s legacy of energy efficiency policies and programs designed to improve our country’s energy productivity. It’s a great story!