President Obama's Rose Garden Call Mirrors International Energy Efficiency Forum Goals
“President Obama’s Rose Garden remarks come as the Alliance to Save Energy and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) wrap up the fifth EE Global Forum in Orlando, where hundreds of energy professionals from the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors have come together to share and advance the latest energy efficiency initiatives and innovations from around the world,” said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.
Callahan continued, “The president’s comments reiterate our call that energy efficiency should be the first fuel for meeting our country’s energy needs. Throughout the EE Global conference it was clear that the technology available today is able to take us far, and there is great potential to grow energy efficiency even more. Support from the government will go a long way.”
Said SEEA President Michael Mills, “We are pleased to see the president strongly point toward an ‘all-of-the-above strategy’ for meeting America’s vast energy needs that includes efficiency. As speaker after speaker commented at EE Global this week, energy efficiency should be our first choice resource because it is an action we can take immediately to help save families and businesses money, create jobs and drive the United States towards energy independence.”
Callahan concluded, “As our Virtual Podium news conference yesterday demonstrated, global corporations and organizations such as the U.S. State Department-affiliated League of Green Embassies and the United Nations Foundation are bringing such innovations to the fore at an ever-accelerating pace. Building retrofits are cutting down energy costs, new technology is minimizing energy use and the next generation of energy-efficient homes is inspiring communities worldwide.”