Alliance to Save Energy / Nicole Steele and Floyd DesChamps
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A diverse coalition of energy leaders unveil a set of recommendations designed to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030.
[From Press Release] Chaired by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and National Grid U.S. President Tom King, the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy calls for growing the U.S. economy through investments, modernization and education. These efforts will target the entire energy structure, including buildings, transportation, manufacturing, power generation and natural gas infrastructure…
[Green Car Congress] The Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy released a set of recommendations—Energy 2030—designed to double US energy productivity by 2030. The Commission was created in 2012 to identify solutions for increasing US energy productivity and aid in jumpstarting the economy.
To achieve the Commission’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 with currently available technology and design practices, households, businesses, and federal, state, and local governments will need to invest about an additional $166 billion a year (in real 2010 US dollars) in building improvements, energy efficient vehicles and industrial equipment, and energy saving transportation systems, according to the report. This investment would both reduce the amount of energy needed to run the American economy and the price of energy for US consumers, lowering overall energy costs by some $494 billion a year, according to the analysis.
Net of investment costs, annual savings to American households, businesses, and government agencies would total about $327 billion, and economic growth and energy demand would be decoupled, the Commission said. Capturing the benefits of profitable efficiency investments in buildings, industry, and transportation could increase US economic output by as much as 2% in 2030.
Further, if the Commission’s goal is achieved, US CO2 emissions would decline to 4.65 billion tons by 2020, 22% below 2005 levels, and to 4 billion tons, or 33% below 2005 levels, by 2030.
The Commission includes members from the power sector, environmental groups, the financial community, manufacturing, transportation and government. Based on the findings from supporting research reports, the Commission developed this set of unanimous policy recommendations—Energy 2030—for federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector, with the intention of doubling energy productivity by 2030…
The Commission urges policy makers and the private sector to take immediate and concerted action—based on the recommendations below—to grow our economy and create jobs while using less energy and reducing associated costs, environmental harm and security impacts. We recommend three overarching strategies to meet this energy productivity goal:
- Unleash Investment in energy productivity throughout the economy,
- Modernize Regulations and Infrastructure to improve energy productivity, and
- Educate and Engage consumers, workers, business executives, and government leaders on ways to drive energy productivity gains.
Because energy productivity gains are cost-effective, we believe these strategies can be implemented without burdensome mandates or massive government spending. To achieve this goal and its benefits, some public-private partnerships, and targeted government investments will be needed, and some rules will need to be reformed and strengthened. The detailed set of policy recommendations for federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector are available in a 16-page summary or full 40-page report…