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In April, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued implementation guidance to carry out Executive Order 13834, a White House directive that, in theory, is aimed at improving the energy efficiency of federal operations. Unfortunately, particularly when read alongside the president’s egregious proposed budget cuts for the past three years, the documents reveal a continued lack of federal leadership and represent a step backward from efforts under President Obama, President George W. Bush and others to advance the energy efficiency of federal facilities.
Government officials, business leaders, and non-profit advocates from around the world gathered in D.C. this week for our 12th annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global). Throughout the event, global energy efficiency leaders had the chance to exchange ideas, make new connections across sectors and borders, and deepen commitments to doubling down on energy efficiency. Here are just a few highlights from the past two days.
Summer is upon us, and cranking up the air conditioner is usually the first thing that comes to mind when trying to escape the heat during a long, hot summer day. But for those of us trying to hold down our energy bills, there are simple tips for keeping your home comfortably cool during the summertime while cutting your carbon footprint and saving money.
Dr. Austin Brown is the Executive Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy – and an expert on the intersection of transportation and energy policy. He’s been an integral advisor to the work of the Alliance’s 50x50 Commission. The Blog to Save Energy caught up with him recently to hear his outlook on coming changes in American transportation.
Although there are multiple initiatives underway to establish a definition of zero energy buildings, there is no recognized consensus standard that determines if a building is a zero energy building. A new ASHRAE standard could help resolve this issue and bring the industry into agreement.
Less than a week after the first round of hearings on hundreds of proposals to develop the 2021 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) wrapped up, there is reason for optimism that we may get a model energy code that will help make buildings more efficient. But the code development process has months and months to go, so there are big challenges ahead.
High-profile stories about Congress today frequently focus on the fights over big legislation and the gridlock that results. But beyond the headlines we are seeing quiet, steady progress on energy efficiency policy.
To assist local municipalities affected by gas constraints, New York State developed a Clean Energy Action Plan – a $250 million investment in clean energy technologies and energy efficiency measures for residents and businesses.
It takes energy to get water, and it takes water to get most energy. We ought to consider them together, because policies that encourage us to use one more efficiently often reduce our need for the other. A bill advancing in the U.S. House of Representatives would ensure the Department of Energy considers water intensity within its research on energy and water distribution systems.
The market is ready, and investments in energy efficiency continue to grow, but the current labor force cannot meet the demand largely due to a lack of experience, training, and technical skills across applicants.