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Report Examines Impact of Energy Efficiency Investments (Ind Report)
ACEEE,Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-12-23
The recently released Energy Efficiency Impact Report conducted by the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy looks at the energy savings, job growth, and reduced carbon emissions that have resulted from energy efficiency initiatives.

The report, which examines the impacts of energy efficiency investments, policies, and innovation across a variety of sectors, including residential and commercial buildings, industry, and transportation, found that investments in energy efficient measures have prevented a 60 pct increase in energy consumption and carbon emissions. The report identifies fuel economy standards, appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR, utility sector efficiency programs, federal research and development, and building energy codes as the policies and programs saved an estimated 25 quadrillion BTUs -- roughly 23 pct of the total U.S. energy consumption in of energy in 2017. The report identifies the growth in smarter technologies and more responsive energy management as major new energy savings opportunities and notes that technologies alone could deliver more than 40 pct of global carbon reductions necessary to meet Paris Agreement climate targets.

The report uses 54 indicators to quantify energy efficiency impacts. Further, it examines progress in a variety of sectors, including utilities, buildings, industry, and transportation. (Source: ACEEE, Alliance to Save Energy, Dec., 2019)Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org; Alliance to Save Energy, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ACEEE,  Alliance to Save Energy,  Alliance to Save Energy,  


ASE Calls for New Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Ind. Report)
Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-10-04
The Washington, DC-based Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and a broad coalition of businesses, trade associations, and advocacy groups has called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to modernize and reinstate expired tax incentives that help homeowners lower their energy bills through energy efficiency improvements.

The legislation would encourage high-efficiency new home construction and efficiency improvements for existing homes, stimulate billions of dollars in economic activity and sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the residential buildings sector.

The legislation would reinstate and reform two key energy efficiency tax credits that expired on 31st December 2017 -- the 25C credit for homeowner efficiency improvements and the 45L credit for new home construction. Under the reformed 25C legislation-- the Home Energy Savings Act -- homeowners could receive up to $1,200 in tax credits over their lifetime for installing home equipment and components that meet certain efficiency levels, including insulation, doors, windows, air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters, boilers, and furnaces.

The 45L new home construction bill -- the New Home Energy Efficiency Act -- would give home builders a $2,500 incentive for building high-efficiency new homes. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Bipartisan Building Energy Efficiency Legislation Tabled (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-03
In Washington, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) have introduced the Commercial, Low Emissions and Net Energy Reduction (CLEANER) Buildings Act of 2019 which would extend the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings. If this incentive is renewed, the deduction -- aka 179D -- could generate thousands of new design and construction jobs and contribute millions to the gross domestic product, according to the release.

Section 179D of the tax code offers a tax deduction to building owners and businesses for energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating and cooling, hot water systems, ventilation, or the building envelope like insulation or windows. It offers incentives for upgrades at new or existing buildings that cut the total energy and power cost by at least 50 percent compared to a building meeting the ASHRAE codes baseline for energy efficiency.

Jason Hartke, CEO, Alliance to Save Energy states, "This is a key tax incentive for encouraging energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which account for about 20 percent of U.S. energy consumption. It is important that Congress extend this incentive to give building owners and designers the certainty they need to make these investments." (Source: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, PR, Cap May Herald, 31 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, www.vandrew.house.gov; Rep Mike Kelly, https://kelly.house.gov; Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

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Coalition Seeks Renewed Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Ind. Report)
Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-05-03
The Alliance to Save Energy and a coalition of manufacturers, advocacy groups, and trade associations representing millions of American workers has called for Washington to modernize and extend expired energy efficiency tax incentives. If so enacted, the updated incentives that would sharply reduce US carbon emissions. create employment and cut millions of dollars in energy bills.

The coalition, led by the Alliance to Save Energy, includes leading manufacturers of windows, air conditioners, insulation and other components alongside environmental and efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The proposed tax incentives call for broadly supported improvements to the expired 45L tax incentive for high-efficiency new home construction and the 25C tax incentive for homeowner efficiency improvements -- installing insulation, replacing windows, or purchasing high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The improvements include strengthening the efficiency level that must be met to receive the incentives, while also increasing the dollar value of the incentives.

The coalition also called for extending the 179D incentive for efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  


Trump Wants to Withhold $353Mn in Energy Efficiency Funds (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-03-22
"We've (the Alliance to Save Energy) seen a constant tension in the last two years: Congress has maintained funding for the DOE's investments in energy efficiency, but under the Trump administration, the DOE has at times slowed research and development work and other efficiency programs.

"For instance, the GAO found in 2017 that the DOE had failed to spend ARPA-E funds appropriated by Congress, and last year NRDC raised serious questions about how much, or little, the Department had actually spent in the 2018 fiscal year on energy efficiency and renewable energy research.

"The latest wrinkle in the 'will-they-won't-they' spend the money drama emerged last week, when the administration, again proposing deep cuts in energy efficiency for the coming fiscal year, called for $343 million for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, plus a proposal to use $353 million in prior year balances for a total of $696 million.. A detailed budget estimate for the Department, released by the White House on Monday, similarly said that $353 million 'shall be derived from prior year unobligated balances previously appropriated.

"Unobligated balances? That's a fancy term for funding that Congress authorizes that the administrative branch doesn't spend. The administration is saying it wants to use such money for next year. Just how much unobligated funding currently exists is not clear.

"Of course, the executive branch is generally legally required to use the funds appropriated by Congress -- it's not an optional thing. In September, to make the point extra clear, Congress even specified, when it passed the appropriations bill for the current year, that it was directing the Department to 'fully execute the funds appropriated in a timely manner.'

"The administration's new proposal -- and it's stated reliance on not spending money Congress has directed it to spend -- raises more questions about its commitment to following Congress's direction." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, 20 Mar., 2019)Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Jason Hartke, Pres., (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


ASE Responds to Trump's Budget Plan to Cut Energy Efficiency Programs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-03-13
The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) has released a statement in response and opposition to the Trump administration's FY 2020 budget proposal calling for deep cuts to energy efficiency programs at the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and others including: Advanced Manufacturing Office; Building Technologies Office; ENERGY Star program; Vehicle Technologies Office; the Federal Energy Management Programme; the State Energy Program; The Weatherization Assistance Program; the National Laboratories -- SANDIA, NREL, Ames Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory; ARPA-E and others.

"This proposal would take an axe to innovation in our energy sector, cutting critical research funds and energy efficiency investments that have a proven track record of reducing energy costs for consumers and businesses" said Jason Hartke. "We look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fight for these programs in the coming months." Hartke added that there is no room for complacency, because this is an existential threat to the backbone of energy efficiency and all of its many economic and environmental benefits. Even if the endgame for the administration is more modest cuts negotiated with Congress, that is still a major threat. These programs are among the smartest investments the federal government makes, and they should be made stronger, not weaker." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Jason Hartke, Pres., (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  


Sasol, Indian Companies Commit to EP100, Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
UltraTech Cement
Date: 2018-09-12
On Monday, South African global integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol and a group of pioneering Indian companies pledged to focus on energy efficiency as part of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. The Indian firms include UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd, Mahindra Heavy Engines Ltd, and Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies (GILAC).

EP100 -- a global collaborative initiative on energy productivity led by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy -- brings together 20 major businesses from 12 countries and seven sectors, with a combined revenue of over $200 billion.

Sasol has committed to installing a smart energy management system (EnMS) within 10 years, targeting a 30 pct energy productivity improvement. The firm has already invested in energy efficiency projects amounting to more than 10 million tpy of carbon emissions saved since 2004. UltraTech Cement has committed to doubling its energy productivity by 2035, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd has committed to doubling its energy productivity by 2039 (2014 baseline); Mahindra Heavy Engines Ltd by 2041 (2016 baseline); and GILAC has already reduced their energy consumption by 41.8 pct (FY2011 baseline year), (Source: ESI Africa, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: UltraTech Cement, www.ultratechcement.com; EP100, www.theclimategroup.org/project/ep100; Sasol, Stephen Cornell, Pres., CEO, +27 10 344 5000, www.sasol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Sasol,  

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