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Alliance’s 2021 Policy Agenda Urges Immediate Action for Energy Efficiency Recovery

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Alliance’s 2021 Policy Agenda Urges Immediate Action for Energy Efficiency Recovery

Release Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Alliance to Save Energy on Wednesday released its 2021 policy agenda outlining a suite of proposals Congress should take to quickly boost energy efficiency and create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help consumers and businesses lower their energy bills.

The agenda includes immediate policies that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden can accomplish unilaterally through administrative actions, as well as legislative proposals for expanding investments, tax incentives, and other initiatives.

“Energy efficiency is the cornerstone of a sustainable and equitable energy economy, but Washington needs to be doing a lot more to prioritize and push it into the market,” said Alliance President Paula Glover. “The policies outlined in this agenda would create hundreds of thousands of jobs, save consumers tens of billions of dollars on energy bills, and sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We’re calling on President-elect Biden and the new Congress to prioritize these policies as a foundation of economic stimulus.”

“We need to put people back to work and invigorate our economy, but we also need to address the climate crisis. And when looking at solutions for both challenges, it’s hard to beat energy efficiency,” Glover added. “This sector employs more than two million Americans, mostly in construction and manufacturing. It’s the workhorse of the clean energy economy, and as we struggle to rebuild from the pandemic, we have an enormous opportunity for growth if we put the right policies in place.”

“In addition to the specific proposals outlined in this agenda that Congress and the administration can address in the early months of 2021, we are eager to work with lawmakers in a bipartisan way to develop economy-wide carbon policy that recognizes the devastating cost of climate change and appropriately values the benefits of energy efficiency as the most cost-effective solution we have,” Glover said. “That includes ensuring that the disadvantaged communities most impacted by energy and environmental inequities have unobstructed access to efficiency’s benefits.”

“We also are working with a diverse group of stakeholders to accelerate the digital transformation taking place in the sector to give businesses, consumers, and utilities better tools for optimizing energy use in a way that gives us cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable power.”

The proposals outlined in the agenda include doubling the ENERGY STAR program, increasing funding for weatherization assistance for low-income households, expanding tax incentives for homeowner efficiency improvements, leveraging federal funding to retrofit critical public buildings, creating a new small business efficiency grant program, and boosting investments encouraging electric vehicles and other transportation improvements.

About the Alliance to Save Energy

Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit, bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders working to expand the economy while using less energy. Our mission is to promote energy productivity worldwide – including through energy efficiency – to achieve a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security, affordability and reliability.


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