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On Monday, President Obama released his Budget Request for FY 2016. The request outlines some impressive goals and highlights the President’s priorities for the remainder of his term. We are very pleased to see that one of these priorities is the commitment to doubling the nation’s energy productivity by 2030, as evidenced by his proposed budgets for programs that support energy efficiency.
Raleigh is a hub for energy efficiency innovation.
We’re excited to be in North Carolina today to engage with regional stakeholders at the inaugural Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030: A State and Local Dialogue! If you aren’t yet familiar, the Dialogue is an important element of our recently launched Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Council on Competitiveness (Council), seeking to build momentum and support for doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. We’re working towards this goal by garnering endorsements from the public and private sectors through a series of dialogues in cities across the country. In honor of the event today, we’re highlighting Raleigh’s energy efficiency achievements to date, which have laid solid groundwork for additional actions we hope to encourage with today’s dialogue.
Washington, D.C. welcomed back lawmakers at the beginning of January, and the 114th Congress wasted no time taking up legislation aimed at approving the extension of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The House of Representatives passed a bill to extend the pipeline on January 9th, and the Senate voted 62-36 to allow construction of the controversial $5.4 billion project on January 29th. It’s expected that President Obama will veto the bill and it is currently expected that supporters of the project lack the necessary two-thirds majority to override a veto.
Homeowners show in recent polls that energy efficiency is a top priority.
Today’s economic concerns, rising global temperatures and changing energy environment have inspired national and global discussions about human practices and policies. While national leaders might struggle to agree on legislation, it seems that most Americans are in agreement about important energy efficiency issues.
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.

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