Diverse Commission Unveils Plan to Double U.S. Energy Productivity

      Diverse Commission Unveils Plan to Double U.S. Energy Productivity

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013

Achieving Goal Could Save $327 Billion Annually and Add 1.3 Million Jobs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today a diverse coalition
of energy leaders unveil a set of recommendations designed to double U.S.
energy productivity by 2030.

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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.

"Doubling our energy productivity will yield huge returns for our economy and
increase our competitiveness," Sen. Warner said. "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."

Meaningful Solutions
If adopted, by 2030 the U.S. could:

  oAdd 1.3 million jobs;
  oCut average household energy costs by more than $1,000 a year;
  oSave American businesses $169 billion a year;
  oIncrease GDP by up to 2%;
  oDecrease energy imports by more than $100 billion a year; and
  oReduce CO[2] emissions by one-third.

"Stopping energy waste will help all Americans get the most out of their
hard-earned income," said Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan. 
"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 Energy 2030 plan maximizes energy productivity by expanding financing
opportunities, reforming taxes and regulations, spurring innovation,
strengthening standards, and building consumer awareness. The Commission also
anticipates the plan will help the U.S. establish global leadership on energy
efficiency.

Investments Yield Savings
Though the U.S. currently lags behind other nations on energy productivity,
the Commission believes there are more than $1 trillion in energy-saving
opportunities with the right federal, state and local government support, and
private-sector buy-in.

"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."

"Energy productivity is synonymous with economic prosperity and
competitiveness," said former Republican New York Governor George Pataki.
"This plan advances public-private partnerships to spur investment, and could
save local, state and the federal governments $13 billion dollars in 2030
alone."

The diverse Commission is made up of leaders from the power sector,
environmental groups, the financial community, manufacturing, transportation
and government.

Moving the Energy 2030 Plan Forward
Work already has begun to turn the Commission's recommendations into
meaningful legislation.

The Alliance will collaborate with its 13 Honorary Congressional Vice Chairs
to develop legislative proposals at the national level. Commission members
will also discuss the recommendations with Obama Administration leaders at a
White House meeting today. Finally, efforts to advance recommendations across
the country at the local and state levels are to begin immediately.

The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government,
environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of
energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, the economy, and
national security.

SOURCE Alliance to Save Energy

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