The Alliance to Save Energy on President Obama's State of the Union

Release Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Statement by Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan

As President Obama prepares his State of the Union Address, the Alliance to Save Energy notes that energy efficiency strengthens the nation’s economy, spurs job growth and reduces dependence on imported energy – while also saving money for each and every American household and business.

Even as new energy technologies continue to emerge, efficiency remains the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to enhance energy independence, extend domestic energy supplies and protect the environment.

Initiatives such as the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000) 'Shaheen-Portman bill' would increase energy efficiency across our economy by strengthening building energy codes, providing financing options for manufacturers and requiring the federal government to improve its energy management.

Several states are taking the lead by updating building energy codes. And from appliances and lighting, to vehicle fuel economy, federal standards allow constituents to win by building energy efficiency into their purchases. Manufacturers win, too, by developing products for a single set of federal guidelines rather than a patchwork of state requirements.

Recent Energy Information Administration estimates that – given an economic recovery – higher energy efficiency standards for appliances and vehicles will cause per-capita energy consumption to decline over the next 20 years and beyond.

The Alliance to Save Energy looks forward to working with the president and Congress to ensure that energy efficiency delivers the jobs, savings and economic growth that will contribute to America’s success story in 2012.

Media Contacts

Note to media: Callahan and other Alliance spokespeople are available for comment.