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The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of America’s businesses and workers, but perhaps none more so than small businesses, the backbone of our country. The financial pain is wide and deep across this sector. As the President of Lime, which itself is a small business, I feel the pain directly as we have already been forced to furlough more than one-third of our workforce while facing the prospect of further contraction in our team and an uncertain future. We have a chance to build in energy efficiency opportunities, an investment in small businesses that permanently lowers their operating costs. Energy efficiency will help small businesses today, as they start to claw back to profitability, and continue to benefit them well into the future as the energy savings persist.
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The COVID-19 crisis is challenging many of the basic foundations of our society, stressing the capacity of healthcare facilities and creating the need to quickly adapt existing vacant facilities into temporary critical healthcare facilities. We need a way to rapidly transform buildings to support public health and other emergencies while improving facility efficiency and resilience. How we rebuild following this crisis will help define the future for generations. To rise to the challenge, we must begin with the lessons of the past.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Tuesday jointly issued the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule , a rule that rolls back Obama-era Clean Car Standards for vehicles for model years 2021-2026.

In 2010, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a new national program that combined fuel efficiency standards and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards to allow manufacturers to comply with both...

Capitol Hill
The Phase 3 Recovery Act that President Trump signed into law last week is monumental legislation at a critical time for our country. It is a massive, $2 trillion act that rightly focuses on the near-term needs of our health care response and the economy, delivering near-term stimulus targeted to households and businesses suffering from the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A less discussed tax provision included in the package will generate significant job-creation, has long-term sustainable economic growth benefits and is actually a correction to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
EE Global Forum Update

As noted in our last EE Global Forum update, the well-being of our attendees and staff are a top priority. Given the progression and continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s EE Global Forum.

The EE Global 2020 theme declared an Efficiency Emergency; in hindsight, we had no idea how much of an emergency we’d find ourselves in. While this is first a public health emergency, the need to prioritize energy efficiency on a global scale is more critical than ever – not just to address the climate crisis, but also to stimulate the economy and increase resiliency during health crises and natural disasters. While we may be unable to convene in person, we can continue the important conversations and highlight the innovative...

2020 USEER

Lost in the madness of the COVID-19 pandemic, we got some encouraging news earlier this week with the release of the 2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) , which found that energy efficiency is not just among the largest employers in the energy sector but also added more new jobs over the last five years than any other energy industry.

The timing of the report – just as the government was releasing unprecedented unemployment data showing massive job losses resulting from COVID-19 – served to drive home just what is at stake in the energy efficiency industry right now. Most of these jobs are in construction– contractors going into homes and businesses to upgrade insulation, duct work, windows, HVAC equipment,...

Construction worker

I am writing this (and are you are probably reading it) from home after the Alliance initiated a work-from-home policy on March 12 to protect our employees, families, and Associates. In the meantime, the COVID-19 emergency response is in full swing around the world. In the U.S., federal, state, and local governments are responding to both the immediate health threat and the growing economic crisis. It’s clear that this uncertain time is going to require an unprecedented response, and that will include in the efficiency sector.

So far, Congress has passed two emergency response bills to help with the immediate impacts of COVID-19, and a third federal stimulus bill is in the works to provide needed support to individuals, small businesses, healthcare workers, and federal agencies...

EE Global

The following is a note from Clay Nesler, Interim President, regarding EE Global Forum.

I am writing to you from Washington, D.C., where COVID-19 is spurring new restrictions daily on travel and mass gatherings. With EE Global still six weeks away, it is difficult to know what the state of affairs will be at that time. I realize that many of our friends across the globe are grappling with the same uncertainty. Fortunately, the format of EE Global allows us to be able to wait a bit longer than most organizers to decide whether to cancel or postpone.

In the meantime, we are making plans to enable a large number of EE Global attendees to participate remotely. Our venue this year, Convene, is a state-of-the-art facility that will allow us to live-stream all of our sessions...

Active Efficiency
The Active Efficiency Collaborative has set out to modernize energy efficiency to lay the foundation for a more integrated and time-dependent energy system. On March 6, the Active Efficiency Steering Committee held its inaugural meeting and set the tone for cross-sector coordination and mutual support for Collaborative members.
COP 25

When I was at the UN Climate Change Conference last year in Madrid, I heard about a number of reports or tools that could help governments develop a roadmap to achieve the 1.5C target by 2050. Many of these are technology-oriented and focus on innovations such as energy storage and carbon capture and storage while others are policy-oriented, focusing on regulatory and market-based interventions. The one thing they all seem to have in common is a lack of focus on energy efficiency. When asked about the role of energy efficiency in the climate solution, the answer was invariably an afterthought: “Oh yeah, efficiency…of course.”

One of the most impressive tools I saw was from Climate Interactive , which included a...

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