01/01/06

2005 Alliance Annual Report

One of the questions that Alliance and its board of directors strive to answer every year is: what is our global value? Our mission statement defines our goal as promoting energy efficiency worldwide for a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Each year, we evaluate and measure our progress toward this overarching goal, and we believe significant progress was made in 2005.

The Alliance continues its recognized role as the premier organization leading energy-efficiency initiatives in public policy advocacy, education, technology, research and communications. Our value can be seen not only through the achievement and victories we enjoy, but by the simple fact that energy efficiency consistently produces dividends in every sector the Alliance permeates.

A History of Building

The history of the Alliance is one of building: building for government; building for industry; building for the environment and building for consumers. We build through education and outreach, through policy and communications. We build strong partnerships, we create strategic alliances and coalitions. After building through five different Presidential Administrations and a successful internal reorganization in 2004, the Alliance foundation is healthier and stronger. We are ready to support aggressive movement into new directions to confront the challenge of abating this country's energy needs using tested and proven practices as well as new ideas.

Working to Meet the Our Energy Needs

Today, energy efficiency contributes more than any single energy resource to meeting the country's energy needs. One would think that after 30 years, applications for energy efficiency are nearing exhausting. In fact, the Alliance is just getting started.We pursue energy efficiency globally and across many sectors of the domestic economy, seeking to improve water and heating services at schools, hospitals and residences.

In fact, the Alliance opened new doors in 2005, appearing before the United Nations and European Parliament, gaining unprecedented national media exposure and recognition as the source for credible information. We successfully advocated for energy-efficiency provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58) and we are pleased to report that energy efficiency was made the first title of the law, thanks to the hard work of the Alliance, its Associates and energy-efficiency advocates across the country who sought to make energy efficiency a cornerstone of our national energy policy.

Looking to the Future

As the world's energy sources are consumed and commodity prices become more volatile, we stand on the forefront undertaking initiatives from education to market transformation to legislative and regulatory advocacy to create a better, more energy-efficient tomorrow. We equip future consumers, educators, policy makers, businesses, and environmentalists with the necessary resources to make informed decision about energy use.

In 2004 the Alliance made a commitment to pursue new directions. We are proud to say that the decision met with success in 2005. Notwithstanding our many accomplishments, we feel that each victory, each individual achievement simply lays the groundwork for future action. The state of energy efficiency is good. Could it be better? Must it be better? The answer is unequivocally, yes. And that's what will keep us busy throughout 2006 and beyond.