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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Whether in the United States or across the world, in industrial or commercial settings, energy must be managed. The ISO Energy Management Standard (ISO 50001) offers a promising mechanism to help end users proactively assess, measure and manage their energy consumption.
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This is a letter from Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) urging Senate leadership to bring the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S.1000) to the floor as quickly as possible.
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Tips to save energy in schools.
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Pro-energy efficiency groups urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Smart Energy Act at a recent hearing. The act, dubbed the "Bass-Matheson Bill," promotes access to energy-efficient technology and complements a Senate bill that would set a national energy efficiency strategy.