WASHINGTON — In support of the president’s goal to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz unveiled a strategic plan laying out a path businesses, state and local governments, consumers, and other stakeholders can use to achieve this goal. The report, Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030: A Strategic Roadmap for American Energy Innovation, Economic Growth, and Competitiveness, identifies various strategies and actions to advance energy efficiency. Strategies include: states securing energy productivity through setting and updating vehicle and product codes and standards, and providing energy performance information to consumers; utilities and regulators designing rates and related policies that more effectively align energy efficiency with utility business models; and businesses reinvesting avoided energy costs. By doubling energy productivity, American families will be able to power their homes and vehicles using less energy, while American businesses will be able to manufacture more while spending less and reducing carbon emissions.
“Cutting energy waste and doubling energy productivity will help American families save money on their energy bills, enable businesses to produce more while using less energy, and strengthen the U.S. clean energy economy,” said Moniz. “This roadmap provides a path for families, businesses, and governments, among others, to follow. By taking steps to increase efficiency and cut waste, the U.S. will be more competitive globally and will see direct and long-lasting benefits for decades to come.”
Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan said, “Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 already has fostered dialogues and galvanized action across all sectors of the economy, and with the release of the Roadmap, a broader range of stakeholders and activists now have access to concrete strategies and recommendations on how to achieve impactful and verifiable energy efficiency gains across the country. I am bullish on our prospects for achieving a doubling of energy productivity in the U.S. because it just makes good economic sense. The Roadmap is an actionable blueprint for success that will lead to wide-ranging benefits for American consumers and businesses alike.”
Council on Competitiveness President and CEO Deborah L. Wince-Smith said, “As the council’s longstanding work — including this partnership with the Department of Energy and the Alliance to Save Energy — demonstrates, energy is everything. This Roadmap makes the compelling competitiveness case for a doubling of national energy productivity — as an engine for job creation; economic growth; a more globally-competitive manufacturing base; and a greater standard of living for every American.”
The report is said to provide a foundation for scaling up energy productivity efforts nationwide, while allowing for flexible and tailored solutions.
Publication date: 9/30/2015