Kelly Speakes-Backman commenced the EE Global Opening Plenary this afternoon with an overview of the Alliance to Save Energy’s exciting EE Global announcements, including the newly-released Global Alliance Roadmap Playbook and the Systems Efficiency Initiative Year One Sum of its Parts Report. Following the session’s introduction, Speakes-Backman introduced her fellow panelists and dove into the Opening Plenary panel discussion, Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age. What followed was a robust discussion of the ways in which the energy system of the future is being shaped by increased grid connectivity, information technologies and the diversified use of electricity across the economy. Speakes-Backman was joined onstage by Roger Flanagan, managing director at Lockheed Martin Energy, Laurie Giammona, senior vice president and chief customer officer at PG&E Company, Dave Szczupak, EVP of global product organization at Whirlpool Corporation and Thomas Kuhn, president, Edison Electric Institute (EEI).
Read on for a summary of the following sessions: - Beyond COP21: What role will energy efficiency play in the post-COP era? - Beyond Clean Power Plan: How do you design a regulatory framework for utilities that drives energy efficiency and climate mitigation?
Read on for a summary of the following sessions: - Increasing EE through connected systems: How can communities take into account holistic system efficiency from day one? - Buildings of the Future: How do we design and construct energy-efficient, resilient and climate adaptive buildings?
The Alliance to Save Energy considers building energy codes – which exist to improve building energy efficiency – to be among the most cost-effective means of lowering household utility bills, strengthening U.S. energy security and reducing harmful emissions. The Obama Administration is taking very seriously the risks of climate change and the damaging and disruptive effects of extreme weather on our built environment. In fact, the National Security Council and the National Institute of Building Science convened building sector stakeholders, including the Alliance, at an intensive meeting today in Washington, D.C., to discuss how codes can contribute to resilience efforts.
In the wake of the recent passage of S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, we want to take this opportunity to “throwback” to another major piece of energy legislation – the passage of S. 535. One year ago, President Obama made history by signing into law S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act – which to this day remains the only energy law enacted during his presidency. In doing so, he showed that energy efficiency is a win, win, win: it can improve our economy, protect our environment and increase our energy security.
When millions of people around the world gathered on April 22, 1970 to celebrate the first Earth Day, the future seemed precarious. Some of the bleakest predictions involved extinctions, starvation, pollution and empty oil wells. Well, after 46 Earth Days have come and gone, the worst outcomes have been avoided—but significant opportunities to transform our energy system toward a brighter environmental future remain for us to seize. We are marking this year’s Earth Day celebrations with a look back at the impressive gains in energy productivity and the most impactful U.S. energy efficiency policies since 1970.
This Earth Day, almost 170 countries will convene in New York City to sign the COP21 Paris agreement to keep global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius this century. The most important actions will be taking place at home, under the leadership of national, state and municipal governments. The Global Alliance for Energy Productivity urges these policymakers to make doubling energy productivity a pillar of their emission-reductions strategy. Together, we can double global energy productivity and help accelerate ambition on the road from Paris.
While technological advancements in hospitals and medical clinics have resulted in better patient care, they have also resulted in higher energy output and costs. By their very nature, medical facilities tend to consume much more energy than other public buildings: they are occupied by hundreds or even thousands of occupants and employees each day, are in use 24 hours a day, and house energy-intensive activities. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), hospitals encompass a mere 2 percent of commercial floor space but use around 4.2 percent of commercial energy. In other words, there is room for significant improvement.
Looking to invest in the efficiency of your home (and help the planet too)? You’re in luck. There are a slew of options available to homeowners today — so many options, in fact, that sometimes they can seem overwhelming. To start, hire a professional to perform a home energy efficiency audit on your house. This will help you understand where the low-hanging fruit and cost savings exist. Some municipalities may offer this service for free. Even if they don’t, it's well worth the initial outlay of money. After an audit, here are a few options to improve your residence’s efficiency.
There is a clear and navigable path forward to deeper energy savings and all the economic and environmental benefits that go along with them. Smart energy policies will increase our energy productivity, enabling us to grow our economy while still controlling our energy use. However, even as the path is starting to emerge, we must work diligently to stay on it. Learn more in this deep dive blog post.