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As a large energy user, military energy efficiency improvements have a big impact on federal energy use.
The federal government is the single largest energy consumer in the country and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is the leading contributor. With a total annual energy budget of approximately $20 billion, DOD ranks as one of the world's largest energy consumers and accounts for nearly three quarters of energy used by the federal government. In fact, DOD has estimated that it will spend roughly $15 billion for 96 million barrels of fuel in 2015.
The federal government is the nation’s largest energy consumer. One popular method that can help the government reduce consumption is through improved energy efficiency, which can produce significant savings in a cost-effective manner. However, large energy efficiency projects often entail upfront capital costs with energy savings accruing annually thereafter, making it potentially difficult to fund such projects. A common sense solution to this problem is to alter the cost structure of energy efficiency projects by allowing federal agencies to form beneficial partnerships with outside companies. There are two main forms that this type of partnership can take: a utility energy service contract (UESC) and an energy savings performance contract (ESPC).
Senators Coons and Markey have supported a number of different pieces of energy efficiency legislation.
The Alliance to Save Energy is privileged to have 17 influential Members of Congress serving as honorary members of our Board of Directors. Through their strong leadership, the Alliance has continued to advocate for the advancement of energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and energy security. In this series, we will highlight the excellent work of our Honorary Vice-Chairs and the states they represent. In this seventh installment we will highlight the tremendous efforts of Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Ed Markey of Massachusetts to encourage the passage of energy efficiency legislation.
With the start of the 114th Congress, many are wondering what the changes in Senate leadership may mean for the future, especially for the future of energy. House Energy and Commerce Chair Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have both indicated an intention to work to craft comprehensive energy legislation in the 114th Congress.
Students who are interested in taking action for greater energy efficiency need tools to support their efforts.
Energy savings are hiding everywhere on college campuses, but there simply aren’t enough sustainability coordinators and facilities managers to seek them all out. Campuses do, however, have an abundance of students who interact with campus energy waste on a daily basis. Students are usually the first to notice a leaky faucet, flickering light or overheated classroom, but with no way to report the issue, they often move on without giving it a second thought.
Small changes can help increase your energy efficiency and save money, even during cold winter months.
Temperatures have plummeted across much of the nation over the past few days — a not-so-welcome introduction to the first official work week of 2015. While you may want nothing more than to hide under the covers, there are more productive steps you can take to mitigate the harsh impacts of cold weather.
Students can engage with energy efficiency issues as advocates and activists.
An integral part of the Alliance to Save Energy’s mission is to advocate for greater energy efficiency, but activism is another great strategy for making substantial efficiency gains. Despite having different meanings, these terms are often used interchangeably. The distinction? Advocates are those who represent or speak on behalf of groups, while activists are individuals who intentionally work to generate change.
Counting the efficiency accomplishments of 2014 as we count down to the new year.
As we enter a New Year full of new opportunities, I ask you to pause with me for a minute to reflect on the year just passing — 2014 — which against significant political and business headwinds turned out to be a year of great progress in advancing energy efficiency by my "counting"! The following recounts our progress "by the numbers" — I hope reading this summary makes you proud of what we are accomplishing together and motivated to continue working with us in the New Year to drive progress even further and faster!
As the year and the 113th Congress come to a close, we felt it was a good time to reflect on the energy efficiency work from 2014. Energy efficiency was a hot topic in 2014, both on and off the Hill. While Congress may not have passed any significant energy efficiency legislation, the issue did take center stage on several occasions and remains an important topic for both parties in the House and Senate.
The Building Technologies Office is leading the way in developing a more energy efficient built environment.
Accounting for about 40 percent of American energy use and about $400 billion in annual energy costs, buildings are fertile grounds for money-saving and pollution-preventing energy efficiency improvements. U.S. buildings offer hundreds of billions of dollars of investment opportunity that can yield as much as a trillion dollars in energy savings in the next decade.