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Campuses are increasingly using GRFs to fund energy efficiency projects.
Many colleges and universities strive to reduce energy waste, become more energy efficient and effectively reduce their environmental impact, but find it difficult to do so without access to a sufficient amount of initial financial capital. The relatively new concept of a green revolving fund (GRF) seeks to solve this problem.
Alliance Honorary Chair Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Vice-Chair Sen. Rob Portman (R-Oh.) have introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act of 2015 (Portman-Shaheen). The newest iteration of this energy efficiency legislation is very similar to the last version, S. 2262, with a few changes outlined below. The bill contains the base components of the original bill and retains the 10 additional provisions that were “baked in” prior to the introduction of S. 2262. The Portman-Shaheen bill is projected to create 192,000 jobs, save $16.2 billion annually and avoid 95 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually by 2030.
Alliance to Save Energy Honorary Chair Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Vice-Chair Senator Chris Coons (D-De.), Board Member Senator Susan Collins (R-Me.), along with Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), reintroduced the Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act. This legislation would reauthorize and improve two important energy efficiency programs: the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the State Energy Program (SEP).
If you’re an educator, a district administrator, or happen to run an educational program in California, you may have noticed there’s been a lot of talk recently about Prop 39. In November 2012, California voters approved Proposition 39, which freed up an estimated $2.75 billion to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in schools and other public buildings.
Boosting elevator efficiency can have a substantial impact on building energy use.
Building energy efficiency has been a hot topic of discussion for quite some time now. Efficiency advocates are all too familiar with the fact that 40 percent of the nation’s energy demand comes from buildings. However, people seem to be less familiar with the huge impact that elevators can have on buildings’ consumption.
The 2015 Energy Productivity Index compares the energy productivity of countries across the globe and provides policy recommendations for improvements.
According to the International Energy Agency’s 2013 World Energy Outlook, global energy demand is poised to grow at 3.6 percent a year throughout the coming decades. Further, global energy productivity increased, on average, 1.3 percent per year from 2001-2011. But the productivity gains of the last decade could soon erode, due to exponential increases in population growth and the slow deployment speed of many existing and new energy efficient technologies and practices.
The Alliance to Save Energy is privileged to have 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’re applauding the efficiency accomplishments of Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Congressman Ralph Hall of Texas and Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and their years of service to the Alliance.
Since launching eleven years ago, the Alliance’s PowerSave Campus Program has graduated over 350 interns. The most recent alumni survey indicated that 75 percent of graduates consider themselves to be employed in a “green career” and many cite their experience with PowerSave as a major influence in choosing that career. This is an exciting statistic for the program, but omits the personal alumni stories that motivate PowerSave staff members and help current interns set goals.
Alliance Honorary Vice-Chairs Congressmen McKinley (R-W.V.) and Welch (D-Vt.) have reintroduced a modified version of H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which passed the House last year. The new version is very similar to the previous iteration, but it does not include the Water Heater Efficiency Act provision, which Congressmen Whitfield (R-Ky.) and Welch (D-Vt.) plan to introduce as a standalone bill due to the time sensitivity of the provision. The remaining provisions in the modified H.R. 2126 — Better Buildings, Energy Efficiency Data Centers and Energy Information for Commercial Buildings — would produce annual savings of $4.37 billion and eliminate 20.36 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year by 2030.
We’re living in a country where energy use is dropping while the economy is growing, where investment in efficiency and clean energy technologies are top priorities and where it’s possible to achieve the Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 goal to double U.S. energy productivity. The Sustainable Energy in America 2015 Factbook, released last week, shows these trends and more, giving us great hope for a more secure energy future. There’s a lot to be excited about, but additional action is needed across all sectors and at all levels of government in order to build upon this momentum.

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