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Earth Day
Images of pristine Venetian canals, smog-less Indian cities, and a traffic-free Los Angeles – all a result of the global economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus – are the viral sensation du jour. It’s certainly an interesting backdrop to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. It is tempting to label this reduction in carbon emissions and pollution a silver lining of the pandemic. However, aside from the fact that these effects are temporary, these images may be perpetuating a false dichotomy: that a thriving economy and healthy environment cannot coexist. But energy efficiency has demonstrated that a strong economy and a healthy environment don’t need to be mutually exclusive.
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Several months ago, Jared Wall, an energy auditor from Donnelly Energy, arrived at Mt. Arlington Elementary in New Jersey to perform an audit as part of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. He was there to get an inventory of lighting and HVAC equipment and assess their run hours. To his surprise, he was greeted by a group of 10 sixth graders, Mt. Arlington’s PowerSave team. The PowerSave team took Jared on a tour of the campus, showing him how they were saving energy, and where their own energy audits had identified opportunities for more savings. Just a few months later, that moment feels a world away. In response, the Alliance’s education team has adapted the PowerSave program materials to focus on the household.
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On April 29th, the Alliance will host the first in a series of webinars on topics originally planned for the in-person EE Global Forum that was to be held in Washington, DC this month. This first session, co-hosted by the EE Global Alliance and Johnson Controls, will highlight the release of the 2019 Global Energy Efficiency Indicator study. This 13th edition of the study surveyed 1,300 facility and energy management executives in 10 countries from the public and private sector. The survey analyzes market drivers, organizational barriers, enabling policies, as well as current and planned investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and smart building technology.
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Informed by the 50x50 Transportation Commission’s recommendations, the Alliance and its 50x50 Action Network, a diverse group of stakeholders advocating for policies that advance the 50x50 vision, have developed five key priorities for Congress to consider as it moves to phase four of the recovery and stimulus legislation
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The efficiency industry was poised for another big year of growth in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and is now scaling back at an alarming pace because contractors often can’t get into homes and businesses to do the work of installing insulation or windows, sealing ducts, or replacing heating and air conditioning equipment. In order to build a strong economy going forward, Congress should be looking ahead and plotting out policies that will kickstart efficiency work over a two- to three-year timeframe.
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The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of America’s businesses and workers, but perhaps none more so than small businesses, the backbone of our country. The financial pain is wide and deep across this sector. As the President of Lime, which itself is a small business, I feel the pain directly as we have already been forced to furlough more than one-third of our workforce while facing the prospect of further contraction in our team and an uncertain future. We have a chance to build in energy efficiency opportunities, an investment in small businesses that permanently lowers their operating costs. Energy efficiency will help small businesses today, as they start to claw back to profitability, and continue to benefit them well into the future as the energy savings persist.
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The COVID-19 crisis is challenging many of the basic foundations of our society, stressing the capacity of healthcare facilities and creating the need to quickly adapt existing vacant facilities into temporary critical healthcare facilities. We need a way to rapidly transform buildings to support public health and other emergencies while improving facility efficiency and resilience. How we rebuild following this crisis will help define the future for generations. To rise to the challenge, we must begin with the lessons of the past.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Tuesday jointly issued the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule , a rule that rolls back Obama-era Clean Car Standards for vehicles for model years 2021-2026.

In 2010, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a new national program that combined fuel efficiency standards and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards to allow manufacturers to comply with both...

Capitol Hill
The Phase 3 Recovery Act that President Trump signed into law last week is monumental legislation at a critical time for our country. It is a massive, $2 trillion act that rightly focuses on the near-term needs of our health care response and the economy, delivering near-term stimulus targeted to households and businesses suffering from the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A less discussed tax provision included in the package will generate significant job-creation, has long-term sustainable economic growth benefits and is actually a correction to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
EE Global Forum Update

As noted in our last EE Global Forum update, the well-being of our attendees and staff are a top priority. Given the progression and continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s EE Global Forum.

The EE Global 2020 theme declared an Efficiency Emergency; in hindsight, we had no idea how much of an emergency we’d find ourselves in. While this is first a public health emergency, the need to prioritize energy efficiency on a global scale is more critical than ever – not just to address the climate crisis, but also to stimulate the economy and increase resiliency during health crises and natural disasters. While we may be unable to convene in person, we can continue the important conversations and highlight the innovative...

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