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This is the second in a series of posts about the Administration's strong and successful efforts on energy efficiency. The last post focused on CAFE standards. At the beginning of President Obama’s first term the United States faced a number of challenges, including the worst recession in a generation. In early 2009, the Recovery Act—the $800 billion economic stimulus package—was signed into law. The Recovery Act was designed to help the economy in the short term, but the Administration also wanted to ensure that the stronger post-recession economy was built on American manufacturing and technology, fueled by American energy sources. And since the cleanest, cheapest, and most reliable energy source is the energy that isn't used, the Recovery Act allocated more to energy efficiency—$32 billion—than any other single law in U.S. history. In total, approximately one-third of the energy-related funds in the package were allocated to energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency is a winning issue for both sides of the aisle.
Energy efficiency continues to be a winning issue for both sides of the aisle! The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced two bipartisan energy efficiency bills by voice vote.
Tackling the most critical energy challenges facing our nation and our world requires strong leadership – leadership from a diversity of voices and perspectives, including women.
The theme for Earth Day 2014 is "Green Cities"
Each year on April 22nd, events are held worldwide in celebration of Earth Day, the movement established by the Earth Day Network in 1970. Although it has occurred every year since, each Earth Day presents a new opportunity to bring awareness to different “green” issues through a global theme. For 2014, the theme “Green Cities” has been selected, emphasizing the importance of smart investments in sustainable technology and forward thinking public policy at the city level.
President Barack Obama speaking at a White House function.
This is the first in a series of posts about the Administration's strong and successful efforts on energy efficiency.
Americans are using public transportation at higher rates
Public transportation is a daily reality for many, and when you’re riding the subway or taking the bus to work, you may feel like you have all the information you need about your commute. But even if you know how to navigate your city without a car – and maybe even without a GPS – there is still more to learn about how these systems are evolving. We’ve highlighted a couple of recent studies showing the changing commuting habits of American households. It’s clear that the data supports the transportation goals outlined by the Energy 2030 Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy and funding that goes towards public transportation is both effective and necessary.
Utility companies provide a range of energy efficiency programs to customers.

U.S. and Canadian electric and natural gas utilities continue to be leaders in energy efficiency investments, benefiting their customers’ pocketbooks, enhancing their comfort and productivity, and strengthening energy reliability.

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has just released its latest The State of the Efficiency Program Industry report. Prepared in collaboration with the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation, the CEE report documents the continuing growth and accomplishments of U.S. and Canadian utility-supported “demand-side management” (DSM) programs.[1]

UC Berkeley is just one of 16 colleges participating in the PowerSave Campus program.
The Alliance to Save Energy is commonly recognized as a leader in the field of energy efficiency, but our work often blurs the lines between disciplines, creating myriad benefits outside the world of energy. The Alliance’s PowerSave Campus and PowerSave Schools programs are great examples of how an interdisciplinary approach to promoting energy efficiency can generate actual energy savings while simultaneously fostering a unique, multifaceted educational experience.

Alliance Honorary Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Honorary Vice-Chairs Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) once again led the charge for energy efficiency today.

After the clock hit midnight on December 31st, 2013, many vital tax incentives provided by the federal government expired. Today, April 3rd, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden, proposed a modified markup to the long-awaited Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, which would extend several key tax provisions that incentivize energy efficiency measures.

Grand Rapids' Mayor Heartwell is the latest policymaker to endorse Energy 2030 goals.
After an incredibly successful Energy 2030 On the Road event in Ann Arbor yesterday, we were inspired by the energy efficiency efforts being made across Michigan. At the event, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell joined Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje in endorsing the Energy 2030 goal to double energy productivity by 2030 through investment, modernization and education. Here’s a look at what Grand Rapids has already done to support energy efficiency: