Even the best-drafted legislation cannot succeed without effective regulations and rules; the Alliance works with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency, and other stakeholders to ensure that regulatory and administrative actions maximize energy productivity. The Alliance to Save Energy is currently concentrating on the priorities below.
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan reiterates the importance of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants from stationary sources, including power plants and industrial facilities. Energy efficiency and energy productivity feature prominently in the plan to improve air quality regulations as cost-effectively as possible.
The application of codes, standards, and labeling is crucial to improving energy productivity and efficiency. Building and construction codes help consumers and businesses save energy and money long-term, reducing emissions and increasing housing or building affordability. Residential appliance standards ensure the utilization of efficient products, and labeling systems such as the EPA’s ENERGY STAR allow individuals to save money and energy without sacrificing function or comfort. Transportation regulations, like the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards, also help consumers make informed decisions and save money at the pump.
The U.S. federal government is the single largest energy consumer in the nation; the Alliance believes that it can and should lead by example through implementing energy and water efficient technologies that save taxpayer dollars. Recent efforts by DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) have helped the government cut down on its energy consumption, but there is still much more work to be done.