This is the first post from the Alliance’s “Eye on Infrastructure” blog series, which will highlight how policymakers can work to ensure energy security, economic competitiveness, and savings for American taxpayers by considering the role of energy efficiency in rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Imagine owning a brand that’s both well-known and widely trusted by consumers and businesses all over America. Now imagine that it turns a $50 million annual investment into $30+ billion worth of annual customer utility bill savings, and has resulted in branded sales of more than 5 billion products since its inception. That’s one heck of a rate of return and a brand that any CEO would die for.
College campuses are powerhouses of energy consumption, with 24-hour libraries and cafes constantly using electricity, large buildings blasting heat and cooling, and students often oblivious to their energy use during 3 AM study sessions or the occasional all-nighter. As a result, college campuses have the potential to be notorious energy wasters. However many of them, and many student groups on campuses across the country, have taken initiative to make colleges more efficient. And with Spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to get involved:
Last week’s news that Sens. Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheen re-introduced their signature energy efficiency legislation (and then watching The Founder, a biopic on Ray Kroc) got me thinking about the power of persistence. You hear it so often – the true hallmark of leadership is the ability to persevere through setbacks, even repeated setbacks. Sens. Portman and Shaheen are the embodiment of such leadership on energy efficiency. They simply do not give up.
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Washington, D.C., April 12, 2011 – The Alliance to Save Energy today commended the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for approving a bill codifying energy efficiency standards for appliances and other products as negotiated by manufacturers and efficiency advocates.
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Section 3151 – Modifying Product DefinitionsThis provision amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to modify the process for changing definitions of covered products and equipment.
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The newly formed Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE) is an industry association supporting the vision of an energy-efficient India. Inspired by the Alliance to Save Energy and American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the AEEE’s specific purpose is to facilitate collaboration among the country’s energy efficiency industries by enabling them to act jointly as the policy think tank that supports the government’s market development, energy conservation and energy efficiency policy implementation in all sectors of India’s economy.
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Senator Portman on How New Bipartisan EE Bill Will Create Jobs