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For the first time, starting with the next update to the model building energy code that states and local governments adopt, all new construction – houses, apartment buildings, condominiums, commercial high-rises, and office parks – will be pre-wired for charging the vehicles of the future.
This week, Congress passed a massive $1.4 trillion spending bill funding the government agencies through September, including not only significant increases for energy efficiency programs, but also several key directions to the Department of Energy. The president is expected to sign the bill today. The numbers are easy to understand, but why did Congress include these directions and what will they do?
This week, the Alliance, ACEEE, and BCSE jointly released the Energy Efficiency Impact Report, a digital and graphically-heavy report telling the story of energy efficiency’s impacts on the U.S. economy, environment, and society, across a variety of sectors (utilities, buildings, industry, transportation). The report relies on 54 indicators to show the breadth, depth, and diversity of energy efficiency progress in recent years.
President Trump claimed on Friday that “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water.” He called for a nationwide review of water efficiency standards, questioning their effectiveness. But indoor water use had decreased by 22% per household since 1999. Water efficiency standards are helping save water for bathroom fixtures and appliances – including sinks, showers, clothes washers, and toilets. Here’s how.
It’s that time of year again. Time to think about what to put on our holiday wish list, and here at the Alliance, we know just what we want. This holiday season is the perfect time for the U.S. to get its act together on efficiency policy. So, here’s what we’re asking for.
This week, millions of Americans are preparing turkeys, baking pies, and getting ready to host a delicious Thanksgiving. Turkey Day can be stressful (and expensive!). But there is much to be thankful for, and we’re happy to share one thing near and dear to us: how you can save energy and money this week – and protect the climate. Here are a few steps to use energy more efficiently this Thanksgiving.
“Energy efficiency represents an extraordinary and often underestimated opportunity to reduce carbon emissions while simultaneously stimulating economic activity and lowering consumer energy bills.” That’s the central message of comments the Alliance submitted today to the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Soaring temperatures globally, coupled with urbanization, population growth, and rising incomes are driving an unprecedented increase in demand for comfort cooling. While providing immense social and health benefits, air conditioning is exacerbating the climate crisis. Market stimulation and technology innovation can solve the global cooling dilemma, and that is what the Global Cooling Prize has set out to do.
Boston has laid out a roadmap of how the city will reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals -- including addressing its buildings, which account for approximately 70% of city-wide emissions. The city's goal is to shift to zero net carbon new construction by 2030 and retrofit and electrify least 80% of existing buildings over the next 30 years.
‘The Current War’ just hit theatres – the new film about the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, who developed competing electrical systems using direct current and alternating current. Spoiler alert: alternating current won. But today, the rise of electronic devices that use direct current – together with the rise of on-site energy sources that produce direct current – are providing a new opportunity in some instances to use energy more efficiently by using direct current power systems within buildings.