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Happy New Year! Here at the Alliance to Save Energy we’re thinking about energy efficiency 24/7. So we put together a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and revamped them with an energy-efficient spin.
Not only will these resolutions help you save energy and money in 2014, but many of them are so easy to adopt that we’re willing to bet you’ll still be following them come February.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman are still working hard to bring the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act back to the Senate.
In the last days before the Senate broke for the holiday recess, the bill’s two sponsors took to the Senate floor to highlight the benefits of the legislation. Senator Portman emphasized, “It makes environmental sense, makes good energy sense, makes good economic sense. It makes sense. It will move this economy forward.” Senator Shaheen reiterated the bill’s benefits, telling the floor, “This is a win for job creation, it is a win for the environment, it is a win for national security, and it is a win for saving costs."
On December 18, the Alliance to Save Energy and 30 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee urging Congress to extend critical energy efficiency tax incentives that are currently set to expire on December 31, 2013.
Energy efficiency tax credits are a key policy for helping to achieve the Alliance’s goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. Efficiency upgrades have proved to be an effective means to help consumers overcome the upfront costs associated with otherwise cost-effective efficiency improvements. Until Congress undertakes comprehensive tax code reform, extending these credits will ensure that we do more with less (energy) to the betterment of our economy, national security and environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to put the proverbial pen to paper as it begins writing proposed “emissions guidelines” for states to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
As discussed in my previous posts Energy Efficiency, Systems Approach Needed to Achieve CO2 Goals and Energy Efficiency: Role in Prospective Power Plant CO2 Rules?, this potentially is a very big deal for energy efficiency as it could play a significant role in achieving cost-effective emissions reductions. This regulatory process is also a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, where the president reiterated a goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030 as had been recommended in Energy 2030.