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Last week, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Honorary Vice-Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy, introduced legislation that would provide Ukraine assistance to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

The Ukraine Independence from Russian Energy Act offers a two pronged approach of increasing energy independence within the country. This legislation could help alleviate the financial and geo-political burdens Ukraine is currently facing by boosting energy efficiency programs and by providing technical assistance for domestic energy production.

Thermal insulation in federal buildings will greatly increase energy efficiency.
On June 10th, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bipartisan energy efficiency bill meant to analyze how federal agencies use energy and water. H.R. 4801 can be added to the list of other energy efficiency bills that the House of Representatives has put forward in recent months. The House continues to champion energy efficiency as a means to reduce the federal deficit and save tax payers money.
Renters have many options for increasing energy efficiency.

It’s a common misconception that if you’re renting an apartment, condo, or house, you don’t have control over your energy usage. Although you may not be able to choose your own appliances (and pick those that have the greatest energy efficiency), you still have plenty of options. If you’re smart about the way you use your appliances, you can save a substantial amount of energy.

There are several energy usage factors to consider before you even sign your lease. When searching for rentals, consider whether or not your future home gives you easy access to bus stops, subway stations, and bike share docks. Research the Walk Score of the neighborhood to determine how easy or difficult it will be to access amenities on foot. Convenient access to public transit and a high walk score will help to reduce your carbon footprint and ultimately save energy.

BBNP fosters creative energy efficiency solutions in communities across the country.
The federal system gives states the freedom to experiment with different strategies to encourage the implementation of energy efficiency, but too often they lack the resources to support these new and exciting ideas. To help combat this issue, the Department of Energy launched the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) in April, 2010 as part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Better Buildings Initiative. The Program works with 41 state and local partners across the country to improve energy efficiency in buildings, promoting increased comfort for homeowners and lower operating costs for businesses.
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.