Bipartisan energy efficiency efforts discussed at 24th annual Energy
U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner and Peter Welch encourage more energy efficiency; Sen.
Ron Wyden and Pulitzer Prize Winning author Daniel Yergin focus on energy
efficiency's critical role
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Public and private sector leaders
exchanged ideas yesterday to address the importance of energy efficiency in a
changing economy at the 24^th annual Energy Efficiency Forum, co-hosted by
Johnson Controls and the United States Energy Association, held in Washington,
Energy experts, legislators and business leaders outlined the importance of
keeping energy efficiency at the forefront of national research and policy
making to make communities and the world more secure, resilient and
Representatives discuss new bipartisan energy efficiency efforts
U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who sit on
the Energy and Commerce Committee, discussed forthcoming bipartisan energy
efficiency efforts at the forum. The new bipartisan efforts will focus on
encouraging more energy efficiency in government and businesses to save money,
create local jobs and sustain energy resources.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair delivers afternoon keynote
Keynote speaker Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) addressed the more than 300 forum
"Energy efficiency is a good investment – it saves households and business
owners money, creates jobs and moves our country toward a more competitive,
low-carbon economy," Wyden said. "But passing an energy efficiency bill
through Congress will take more than common sense and bipartisan support. It's
going to take the businesses, efficiency advocates, consumers and government
officials who are backing this issue to send a message that now is the time to
bring an efficiency bill to a vote."
Pulitzer Prize winning author focuses on energy efficiency
Daniel Yergin provided insight on his recent book, The Quest: Energy,
Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. Yergin is one of America's
most influential energy experts, vice chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy
Research Associates and a Pulitzer Prize winning author.
"Energy efficiency is one of our nation's greatest energy resources. It is
also embedded throughout our economy. Capturing it requires technology,
mindset, commitment, and plain old street smarts.But the payback can be
huge," said Yergin."The reason I focused on energy efficiency at the
conclusion of The Quest is because of its strategic importance to our
country's energy future."
New energy efficiency research released by Johnson Controls President
Dave Myers, president, Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency, shared
highlights of the seventh annual Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey, which
gauges the perceptions of more than 3,000 building owners and operators around
the world on issues related to energy management practices, energy efficiency
and renewable energy investment plans, clean technology integration and
project financing approaches.
This year's survey indicated public goals and private financing continue to
push global momentum for energy efficiency. In fact, energy efficiency
interest increased 116 percent globally since 2010, with those who set goals
making the greatest strides in reducing energy use.
"We need public officials and private investors to work together to reduce the
market's uncertainty and capture momentum toward a more energy efficient
global economy," said Myers.
The Energy Efficiency Indicator survey is led by Johnson Controls' Institute
for Building Efficiency in partnership with the International Facility
Management Association and the Urban Land Institute.
Public Officials Recognized with Energy Leadership Awards
Three public officials received Energy Leadership Awards for their efforts in
instituting and advancing energy efficiency in North America. The awards and
their recipients are:
oGovernor's Award — Jack Markell, governor of Delaware. Markell has
established statewide energy efficiency standards to retrofit homes and
businesses and to encourage combined heat, power and cogeneration projects
in the industrial sector. He has promoted vehicle efficiency through an
electric vehicle-to-grid technology project, which sells electricity from
vehicles to the wholesale market, and is promoting legislation that
requires Delaware utilities to procure energy efficiency when it is
cheaper than buying energy from the grid.
oPublic Service Award — Madeline Rogero, mayor of Knoxville, Tenn. Elected
three years ago, she has distinguished herself by implementing urban
development policies and programs aimed at enhancing the quality of life
and environmental attractiveness of Knoxville, including working to bring
$10 million in financing for energy efficiency projects to businesses in
Knoxville and Knox County.
oPublic Service Award — Marla Graff Decker, secretary of the Virginia
Office of Public Safety. Under the leadership of Secretary Decker, the
Virginia Department of Corrections made a measurable commitment to energy,
water and operational efficiency through a multi-phased program expected
to reduce the department's electricity use by more than 276 million kWH
and water use by over 3.6 billion gallons over 15 years.
A webcast of the 24^th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum will be available for
six months at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/2013EEF
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About United States Energy Association
The United States Energy Association is the U.S. Member Committee of the World
Energy Council. USEA is an association of public and private energy-related
organizations, corporations, and government agencies. It represents the broad
interests of the U.S. energy sector by increasing the understanding of energy
issues, both domestically and internationally. In conjunction with the U.S.
Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Energy, USEA
sponsors our nation's Energy Partnership Program. Membership in USEA is open
to all organizations having an interest in the energy sector of the United
States. For more information, please visit http://www.usea.org/.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create
quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational
efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced
batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885,
with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth
strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value
to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate
Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its
annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please
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