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Alliance Honorary Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Honorary Vice-Chairs Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) once again led the charge for energy efficiency today.

After the clock hit midnight on December 31st, 2013, many vital tax incentives provided by the federal government expired. Today, April 3rd, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden, proposed a modified markup to the long-awaited Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, which would extend several key tax provisions that incentivize energy efficiency measures.

Grand Rapids' Mayor Heartwell is the latest policymaker to endorse Energy 2030 goals.
After an incredibly successful Energy 2030 On the Road event in Ann Arbor yesterday, we were inspired by the energy efficiency efforts being made across Michigan. At the event, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell joined Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje in endorsing the Energy 2030 goal to double energy productivity by 2030 through investment, modernization and education. Here’s a look at what Grand Rapids has already done to support energy efficiency:
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor values energy efficiency

The Alliance’s Energy 2030 On the Road event series has already hit Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and we’re only just beginning. Today, we’re in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the next stop on the campaign to double our nation’s energy productivity by the year 2030.

The Midwestern city is already a proven leader in energy efficiency policies and practices. Mayor John Hieftje was the first policymaker to take the Energy 2030 pledge, setting the precedent for others in his hometown to do the same. Let’s take a look at other ways the city has supported efficiency, and be sure to tune into the live stream of the event to learn what local stakeholders have in mind for even greater energy productivity.

Energy efficiency is a slam dunk for these NCAA tournament contenders
The NCAA tournament has already been chockfull of upsets, Cinderella stories, and would-be court-rushing wins. With the tournament now into the Elite Eight round, the Alliance is pleased to present its EE Eight, which pays homage to the powerhouse energy efficiency moves of the hometowns making up our EE bracket.
Energy efficiency is our lowest cost energy resource
Studies from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) strongly reinforce that energy efficiency is a great deal and our lowest cost energy resource.
The Alliance is building a new initiative called Energy 2030 On the Road: A State and Local Campaign that will launch in May 2014. The purpose of this campaign is to build awareness of the Energy 2030 policy recommendations and goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. In order to design a roadmap for the campaign, we sent an Energy 2030 survey to nearly 400 state and local officials to assess the current landscape of energy efficiency policies and programs.
Spring cleaning isn’t just about shining up the windows or cleaning out closets; it’s also a great time to start an EE routine around the home! Based on March data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. household will spend $2,050 on energy this year. Learn how you can save some of that money with the Alliance’s spring cleaning energy efficiency tips.
Architects and policy makers should discuss best ways to adopt building codes
The following is an excerpted Eco Building Pulse interview with Maureen Guttman, AIA. Maureen is the VP of Buildings and Utilities at the Alliance and the Executive Director of BCAP.
China outpaces U.S. in smart grid investment in 2013

China has invested more in smart grid technologies than the United States for the first time this year. According to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report , China invested $4.3 billion in 2013, eclipsing the U.S. by roughly 700 million over the same period. Now I know what you’re wondering, what exactly is a “smart-grid” and why is it so important? Well, let me tell you.

It seems that today humanity is more connected than ever before. From Facebook, to fitness trackers worn 24/7, to our smartphones we carry with us, we have constant access to information. Adding smart grid technologies to our aging electrical system allows utilities to fine tune electrical...

Energy savings during Daylight Saving Time

We here at the Alliance hope that everyone has recovered from “springing forward” this weekend—Daylight Saving Time can be a drag first thing on Sunday morning after clocks change, but we always promptly forget that once the sun stays up past 6:00pm.

Many people believe that we change the clocks to help farmers, but in actuality Daylight Saving Time was first adopted in the U.S. during World War I as a means to save electricity. Longer evenings allow for more summer barbecues and wiffle ball games, but does Daylight Saving Time really save any energy?