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“ We could, for example, use existing utility programs for energy efficiency, to use them for residences, for business – small business, for public buildings. And the latter two in particular, small businesses and public buildings, are sectors where there are typically large parts of the day where there aren’t many people involved, so even in the midst of our large concerns about the virus, you can imagine major opportunities for efficiency projects.” – Ernie Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy

In a recent interview , former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz highlighted opportunities for energy efficiency to be part of the economic recovery response in the...

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For the past two months, Congress has been working overtime to pass bills that will keep businesses and individuals afloat during the pandemic.

But as states across the country slowly begin to reopen their economies, we know that Congress will need to shift its focus to passing bills that will create badly needed jobs.

Last Thursday, we got a glimpse of the types of stimulus and recovery solutions in store: Alliance Honorary Advisor Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced the Securing America’s Clean Fuels Infrastructure Act (S.3735), which would extend and expand the existing...

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Last month we got the first real sense of the impact of COVID-19 on energy efficiency jobs with an analysis from E2, E4TheFuture, and their partners, which reported on March’s job losses. While we braced ourselves for April’s numbers, yesterday’s follow-up report showed that the news is even worse than we thought. And without help from Congress, it doesn’t look like it will get better anytime soon.
public transit
It is ironic that, while avoiding public transit was crucial to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic’s curve, investing in our nation’s public transportation will be crucial in lifting our nation out of the economic crisis caused by the virus. That's why as Congress begins piecing together a stimulus package focused on getting folks back to work, the Alliance is urging lawmakers to include robust funding for public transportation.
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E2, E4TheFuture, and other partners have released an analysis by BW Research of the initial impacts the COVID-19 economic crisis has had on clean energy unemployment, and the news is not good. The clean energy industry lost more than 100,000 jobs in March alone. Congress should help protect the efficiency jobs that remain and restore those that have been lost.
Earth Day
Images of pristine Venetian canals, smog-less Indian cities, and a traffic-free Los Angeles – all a result of the global economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus – are the viral sensation du jour. It’s certainly an interesting backdrop to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. It is tempting to label this reduction in carbon emissions and pollution a silver lining of the pandemic. However, aside from the fact that these effects are temporary, these images may be perpetuating a false dichotomy: that a thriving economy and healthy environment cannot coexist. But energy efficiency has demonstrated that a strong economy and a healthy environment don’t need to be mutually exclusive.
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Several months ago, Jared Wall, an energy auditor from Donnelly Energy, arrived at Mt. Arlington Elementary in New Jersey to perform an audit as part of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. He was there to get an inventory of lighting and HVAC equipment and assess their run hours. To his surprise, he was greeted by a group of 10 sixth graders, Mt. Arlington’s PowerSave team. The PowerSave team took Jared on a tour of the campus, showing him how they were saving energy, and where their own energy audits had identified opportunities for more savings. Just a few months later, that moment feels a world away. In response, the Alliance’s education team has adapted the PowerSave program materials to focus on the household.
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On April 29th, the Alliance will host the first in a series of webinars on topics originally planned for the in-person EE Global Forum that was to be held in Washington, DC this month. This first session, co-hosted by the EE Global Alliance and Johnson Controls, will highlight the release of the 2019 Global Energy Efficiency Indicator study. This 13th edition of the study surveyed 1,300 facility and energy management executives in 10 countries from the public and private sector. The survey analyzes market drivers, organizational barriers, enabling policies, as well as current and planned investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and smart building technology.
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Informed by the 50x50 Transportation Commission’s recommendations, the Alliance and its 50x50 Action Network, a diverse group of stakeholders advocating for policies that advance the 50x50 vision, have developed five key priorities for Congress to consider as it moves to phase four of the recovery and stimulus legislation
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The efficiency industry was poised for another big year of growth in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and is now scaling back at an alarming pace because contractors often can’t get into homes and businesses to do the work of installing insulation or windows, sealing ducts, or replacing heating and air conditioning equipment. In order to build a strong economy going forward, Congress should be looking ahead and plotting out policies that will kickstart efficiency work over a two- to three-year timeframe.

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