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By Jeff Hamel , Director of Industry Partnerships, Google

Our nation’s energy system is witnessing an unprecedented transformation, and the implications are critical for addressing the climate crisis. Over the past decade, the grid has become increasingly digital and now includes connections to a host of distributed energy resources (DERs). DERs are physical and virtual assets that introduce flexibility and can provide value to the grid when used to effectively manage demand —think energy storage, smart devices, electric vehicles (EVs), and behind-the-meter renewables. These are important changes, because the climate...

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Among the many challenges of working from home, an increase in personal energy use might not be first on your mind. However, as summer arrives and millions of Americans continue to telework, your utility bills could be hit by a double whammy: at least one in five households have already experienced rising energy costs as people spend more time at home, and summer brings the highest electricity demand of the year as air conditioners flip on....

Better Buildings Summit 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE)’s annual Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is the comic book convention of the efficiency sector. Each summer, more than 3,000 C-Suite executives, building managers, engineers, and other decision-makers convene for four days to explore emerging technologies and share strategies in energy and water efficiency.

The summit is hosted by the Better Buildings Initiative , a market-driven program housed within DOE that works with public and private sector partners to set and achieve aggressive energy reduction targets. You won’t see capes or cosplay at this summit, but don’t be fooled:...

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It’s no secret that COVID-19 upended any expectations for what 2020 might look like, but the impact on the energy efficiency sector has been particularly devastating. At the end of 2019, the efficiency industry celebrated unprecedented growth with potential for an even stronger year ahead. But instead, the industry saw a shocking 413,000 jobs lost in March and April. While May’s analysis, released by E2, E4TheFuture, and other partners, found that job losses slowed to 18,900, it showed an...

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Energy literacy programs present schools with both educational and financial opportunities. When schools do return to in-person instruction, utility costs will continue to be their second largest expenditure behind only personnel. Nationally, K-12 schools spend approximately $6 billion per year on energy, but approximately 25% of those costs could be saved through energy-efficient practices. Energy literacy programs translate STEM learning into hands-on projects that can significantly reduce that energy waste. The record speaks for itself: the Alliance’s PowerSave programs reduce energy use in participating schools by an average of 5-15%, leading to thousands of dollars in savings.
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Politicians don’t typically campaign on promises of increasing research and development (R&D) and innovation in the transportation sector. R&D is often viewed as esoteric, with impacts felt years down the road without the ribbon-cutting ceremonies that come with paying for roads, bridges, and public transit networks.

But make no mistake: While investments in R&D don’t have the political advantage of being ‘shovel ready,’ they are a critical component of our nation’s overall transportation strategy. Behind the scenes, R&D helps increase the efficiency of the transportation sector by bringing game-changing technologies to scale and by studying the policy and behavioral variables that contribute to things like traffic congestion, the use of mass transit, and more...

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A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that more than half the public school districts in the U.S. need to update or replace multiple building systems or features in their schools, and in particular highlighted concerns over aging HVAC systems, interior lighting, and structural integrity. As part of the Alliance's four-pronged recovery plan for COVID-19, our Mission Critical Facility Renewal proposal would address our country’s $1 trillion deferred maintenance backlog for public buildings with an influx of federal funding to retrofit our facilities for the future. And in some cases, our Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant proposal could help address the critical facility needs plaguing K-12 schools across our country.
Three Percent Club

By Steve Kukoda , Executive Director, International Copper Association

COVID-19 is rightfully one of the dominating priorities of the world’s governments right now. Resulting economic stimulus packages made in the coming months that focus on restarting economies, putting people back to work, and modernizing infrastructure will shape how we do business for decades to come. It is therefore critical that these roadmaps to economic recovery embrace sustainability. Europe's Green Deal , for example, aims to “turn climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and make the transition just...

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“ We could, for example, use existing utility programs for energy efficiency, to use them for residences, for business – small business, for public buildings. And the latter two in particular, small businesses and public buildings, are sectors where there are typically large parts of the day where there aren’t many people involved, so even in the midst of our large concerns about the virus, you can imagine major opportunities for efficiency projects.” – Ernie Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy

In a recent interview , former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz highlighted opportunities for energy efficiency to be part of the economic recovery response in the...

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For the past two months, Congress has been working overtime to pass bills that will keep businesses and individuals afloat during the pandemic.

But as states across the country slowly begin to reopen their economies, we know that Congress will need to shift its focus to passing bills that will create badly needed jobs.

Last Thursday, we got a glimpse of the types of stimulus and recovery solutions in store: Alliance Honorary Advisor Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced the Securing America’s Clean Fuels Infrastructure Act (S.3735), which would extend and expand the existing...

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