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The French are leaders in energy efficiency policy and practices.
Happy Bastille Day! Today, France commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and here at the Alliance we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate the country for being a leader in energy efficiency policies and practices. Here’s a look at what France has accomplished to date in support of efficiency.
Boston tops the Alliance's list of most energy efficient vacation destinations.
There are many things to keep in mind when planning a summer vacation. This year, consider using your vacation days on a trip to a city that not only prides itself on its culture, weather and attractions, but also on its energy efficiency. Major cities across the country have transformed the way their buildings and communities use energy and now is the perfect time to experience first-hand how these popular destinations manage to entertain visitors while also saving energy.
Fortune 100 companies are investing in energy efficiency.
When considering whether or not particular investments have been deemed successful, it makes sense to look at how the largest companies in the country are spending their money. In Power Forward 2.0, a recent report authored by Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, The World Wildlife Fund and Calvert Investments, it’s abundantly clear that Fortune 100 companies are prioritizing the investment in energy efficiency. In fact, fifty-three companies are reporting a collective savings of $1.1 billion annually from efforts to reduce emissions, become more efficient and source more renewable energy.
Keep your celebrations energy efficient during the Fourth of July.
July Fourth is often a time reserved for backyard barbeques, fireworks and, of course a celebration of American independence. But while you prepare for this holiday weekend, don’t neglect your energy-saving conscience. Regardless of whether or not you’re from the U.S., by incorporating efficient practices into your weekend festivities you can contribute to an improved economy, environment and have a role in strengthening the energy independence of our country.
Two pieces of energy efficiency legislation were passed during "energy week" on the Hill.

On Monday, June 23, the House of Representatives continued their push to increase energy efficiency at the federal, state and local levels to help save taxpayers money and reduce our impact on the environment.

Under suspension of the rules, which blocks amendments and restricts debate to 40 minutes, Members reconsidered two key pieces of energy efficiency legislation during the House’s Energy Week. Both H.R. 4092, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act, and H.R. 4801 passed the House by a simple voice vote, with little opposition.

Music festivals are increasing their energy efficiency efforts.
The outdoor music festival is a beloved pastime celebrated across the country. With the official start of summer, festival season is in full swing as thousands of fans gather to watch their favorite artists perform live in one place for these multi-day shows. In spite of the popularity of the music festival scene, these events often get a bad rap for leaving behind large carbon footprints and massive amounts of waste. Luckily, there are a growing number of music festivals taking strides in favor of sustainability and energy efficiency.
A part of the Climate Action Plan is the 111(d) rule for existing power plants.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama's speech under the hot summer sun in Georgetown, during which he officially announced the Administration's Climate Action Plan. There are still many hurdles to overcome for implementing necessary energy efficiency policies, but there is also much to celebrate for what the Plan has achieved to date.
Atlanta and the rest of the Southeast region are working towards greater energy efficiency.
The twelve states that make up the Southeast region of the United States represent 36% of the nation’s population and 44% of its energy consumption. We know it’s important for those numbers to change, and we know that energy productivity policies can make it happen.
New bill will help protect Energy Star companies.
Since its inception in 1992, the Energy Star program has helped American consumers and businesses invest in energy efficiency and drastically cut their energy bills. In fact, as of December 2012, Energy Star has helped households and businesses save more than $239 billion on their energy bills.
Brazil has made attempts to increase the efficiency of the World Cup - is it enough?
World Cup fever is in the air. Whether you’re an avid soccer (or fútbol) fan or not, the buzz surrounding one of the world’s largest sporting events is undeniable. The 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13 for an exciting month of matches between teams from 32 nations. With the millions of fans expected to flock to Brazil for the highly-anticipated event, energy-saving enthusiasts around the world are probably all wondering the same thing: how will Brazil approach their energy usage?