BLOG TO SAVE ENERGY
Senators Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Portman (R-Ohio) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Shaheen-Portman). This new bill incorporates 10 previously proposed amendments into the body of the legislation.
The original Shaheen-Portman bill contained provisions on building codes, industrial efficiency, and federal agency efficiency that would cut energy costs, enhance energy security, and reduce emissions. This new package goes even further, bringing the benefits of energy efficiency to schools, households, and businesses across the country. The new bill is estimated to save Americans $16.2 billion annually, create 192,000 jobs, and avoid 95 million metric tons of CO₂—the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road—by 2030.
Sporting events are unique for their ability to bring people together. This phenomenon is most obvious during the Olympics, when billions of people tune in to watch a few thousand athletes from a couple hundred countries compete for the gold.
We truly love the athleticism, entertainment and national pride of the Olympics. However, there are issues in Sochi that should be addressed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to save huge amounts of energy and resources at future Games.
Isn’t it comforting when you see independent, unbiased confirmation that all of your hard work is paying off?
When the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC) united a broad band of unlikely allies in 2007 – from governmental and efficiency leaders to regional energy efficiency organizations, businesses, labor, utilities, consumer & low-income advocacy groups, manufacturers and environmental groups – our initial goal was to end two decades of meager efficiency gains in America’s model building energy code (the International Energy Conservation Code or IECC).