BLOG TO SAVE ENERGY

This week, as global leaders gather at the Global Climate Action Summit, we need to ensure we are not only cultivating ambition, but also exploring collaborative clean energy solutions that address multiple challenges.
In mid-August, the Alliance to Save Energy led a bipartisan group of 11 Congressional staff to Seattle and the surrounding area to learn about energy efficiency technology and policy beyond the beltway. Seattle was a great location for such a trip as it combines strong leadership on energy efficiency issues at both the state and city levels and is home to many companies on the leading edge of energy efficiency technology.
The U.S. government spends roughly $6 billion each year on the energy consumed by people and systems within federal buildings. This cost is far higher than necessary because many older federal buildings are very energy inefficient and do not take advantage of new technologies that can shift, shape and integrate energy needs with innovative solutions. Upgrading the equipment and systems in existing buildings would be an investment bargain that saves money for decades, but it’s not happening nearly as much as it should.
Alabama Power
Southern Company and its Alabama Power subsidiary are proactively simulating what one possible future may hold for energy providers and their customers with the first-of-its-kind Smart Neighborhood(TM). In a rapidly changing energy landscape, this initiative will help Southern Company adapt and continue providing clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy to the customers and communities served.

President George W. Bush signs into law H.R. 6, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

In 2007, Congress came together and passed bipartisan legislation that advanced energy efficiency and addressed a problem facing American families. If you remember back then, most light bulbs used in homes were much less efficient than what we have today. Wasted energy to light our homes and businesses came at a high cost – hundreds of dollars for the average household. Democrats and Republicans joined forces and...

Improving energy efficiency in buildings and transportation is key to Denver's emissions reduction goal.
Building efficiency is one of the most effective near-term opportunities for achieving national and international climate and energy goals.
A recent GSA report finds overwhelming energy savings from high-performance buildings.
At a time when climate change gets woefully little attention on Capitol Hill, Curbelo’s bill was the talk of DC’s energy and environmental crowd.

With the World Cup final on Sunday, it’s a great time to consider the ways that energy efficiency is relevant to spectator sports. There are many ways energy use comes into play for events like the World Cup and the Olympics, from the flights and public transportation people take to the events to surges in electricity demand as larger numbers of people turn on lights, TVs, computers and other devices during or immediately following the events. For example, the largest surge in electricity demand during a World Cup happened in the U.K. in 1990. After England’s penalty shootout against West Germany, there was a 2,800 MW surge in energy use, which is the equivalent of 1.1 million tea...

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