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EPA’s much anticipated 111(d) proposal for existing power plant carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions standards is out. While we’ve only had a first look, we’re pleased that EPA and the Administration embrace and promote energy efficiency—our cheapest, cleanest, most reliable and most readily available energy resource. EPA and the Administration listened to us and a diverse set of voices in allowing states flexibility, including the flexibility to work together to meet standards.
Bike shares provide another option for an energy efficient commute.
Citi Bike, New York City’s bike share program, celebrated its first birthday earlier this week by offering riders one dollar day passes, along with free cupcakes at select stations. The program has evolved significantly in the past year, and despite some initial resistance and technical glitches Citi Bike now boasts more than 104,000 annual members.
Last week, EE Global’s packed agenda was highlighted by the EE Visionary Awards Luncheon, which celebrated and showcased some of the best-of-the-best in the efficiency world. The three award recipients represent what is possible when strong policies and innovative energy saving strategies are in place at the local, regional, and national level.
Day two of EE Global kicked off with another great group of speakers—including Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz—and a very exciting announcement about the next phase of the Energy 2030 campaign. Today marks the official launch of Energy 2030 On the Road: A State and Local Campaign to encourage state and local policymakers and businesses across the country to embrace the goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. Nearly 100 diverse organizations have already endorsed the goal, and the Energy 2030 Leadership Circle issued a call to action for states, cities, businesses, and other communities to do their part to double energy productivity. After the official launch, Secretary Moniz and a number of other government and business leaders spoke, and many shared a common theme: although Congress may not be doing much on energy efficiency, states, cities, and businesses around the country are leading the way by implementing innovative policies to reduce energy use and save money.
The 7th Annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) kicked off today with global energy industry thought leaders discussing how the future energy landscape could impact the business of energy efficiency. Officially opening the session, Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan explained that the dialogue around energy efficiency policy has identified energy productivity as a lynchpin for success and it is for this reason the EE Global agenda is centered around Energy 2030, an initiative that seeks to galvanize action at the federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as in the private sector, by engaging stakeholders in a national, shared commitment to doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.
Energy efficiency has a bright future despite minor setback

Energy efficiency policy experienced a set-back this week as the Shaheen-Portman bill (S. 2262) was derailed before reaching a final vote on the Senate floor. It has been seven years since Congress has passed a major energy bill, and non-energy efficiency related pent-up political issues were blamed for contention over the legislation.

In other words, the disagreements over Shaheen-Portman had nothing to do with the bill itself; everyone agrees about the merits of energy efficiency. After all, the House of Representatives recently passed energy efficiency bill H.R 2126 with overwhelming bi-partisan support, and the President announced last week that the Administration would provide $2 billion in additional funding for energy efficiency performance contracts.

Today, President Obama announced plans to create and extend energy efficiency policies and programs that benefit millions of Americans across the country. These actions will save taxpayer dollars, help businesses and households reduce their energy bills, create domestic jobs, and bring the nation one step closer to its goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.
The Alliance applauds three major state government associations for adopting “Principles for Including Energy Efficiency in 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.” The document encourages EPA to recognize energy efficiency as a valuable tool for complying with upcoming greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants.
While college students are studying for midterms, socializing at parties, and applying to part-time jobs, they are not considering their energy usage. The same is true for professors and administrators who are only on campus for a limited number of hours each day and more often than not, enter a classroom or office where the lights, projectors, and office equipment are already turned on and ready to go. This apathy among energy users—largely driven by a lack of knowledge—is the challenge that campus energy managers face as they work to make strides in energy efficiency.
This is the second in a series of posts about the Administration's strong and successful efforts on energy efficiency. The last post focused on CAFE standards. At the beginning of President Obama’s first term the United States faced a number of challenges, including the worst recession in a generation. In early 2009, the Recovery Act—the $800 billion economic stimulus package—was signed into law. The Recovery Act was designed to help the economy in the short term, but the Administration also wanted to ensure that the stronger post-recession economy was built on American manufacturing and technology, fueled by American energy sources. And since the cleanest, cheapest, and most reliable energy source is the energy that isn't used, the Recovery Act allocated more to energy efficiency—$32 billion—than any other single law in U.S. history. In total, approximately one-third of the energy-related funds in the package were allocated to energy efficiency.