HVAC Breaking News

Feb. 7, 2013: Energy Policy Commission Unveils Plan to Double U.S. Energy Productivity

WASHINGTON — A diverse coalition of energy leaders has unveiled a set of recommendations designed to double United States energy productivity by 2030. Chaired by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tom King, president, National Grid U.S., the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy released a plan, called Energy 2030, that calls for investment in energy productivity in all sectors of the economy; modernization of U.S. infrastructure, buildings, transportation, and equipment; and education of consumers, business leaders, and policy makers to encourage smarter energy use.

“Doubling our energy productivity will yield huge returns for our economy and increase our competitiveness,” said Warner. “This bipartisan plan can serve as a blueprint to advance energy efficiency and bring direct and tangible benefits to American families and businesses while building a stronger economy and healthier environment.”

If adopted, the commission said that by 2030 the U.S. could:

• Add 1.3 million jobs;

• Cut average household energy costs;

• Save American businesses $169 billion a year;

• Increase GDP by up to 2 percent;

• Decrease energy imports by more than $100 billion a year; and

• Reduce CO2 emissions by one-third.

“Stopping energy waste will help all Americans get the most out of their hard-earned income,” said Kateri Callahan, president, Alliance to Save Energy. “By doubling productivity, we’ll wring more out of every dollar spent on energy, helping families improve the quality of their lives by freeing up money to either save or spend on other things.”

The commission said its Energy 2030 plan maximizes energy productivity by expanding financing opportunities, reforming taxes and regulations, spurring innovation, strengthening standards, and building consumer awareness.

“Our Energy 2030 plan goes well beyond capturing the more obvious energy efficiency benefits to uncover significant economic opportunities,” said King. “The solutions will drive innovation and new technologies forward, improving and modernizing U.S. infrastructure and helping us to compete globally.”

The commission said that work already has begun to turn its recommendations into legislation. It will collaborate with its 13 honorary congressional vice chairs to develop legislative proposals at the national level as well as discuss the recommendations with Obama administration officials. In addition, it will advance its recommendations across the country at the local and state levels.

Publication date: 2/4/2013 

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Mini Split Installation

Twin Cities contractor Aabott Ferraro helped retrofit an older St. Paul home.

Podcasts

NEWSMakers: Doug Dougherty

Doug Dougherty, president and CEO of the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) joins the program to discuss the latest happenings with GEO, including the drive to get included in state and federal definitions of renewable energy, plus the future of geothermal.  Posted on July 25.

More Podcasts

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 07-28-14 cover

2014 July 28

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

R-22 PHASEOUT POLL

Some in the industry are calling for the EPA to halt production of R-22 as of 2015. What do you think?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

plumbing-hvac.gif
2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con