Alliance to Save Energy

Alliance to Save Energy (1977; Washington; 37 staff)

A bipartisan non-profit “alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders advocating for enhanced energy productivity to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security, affordability and reliability.” Their vision is a “nation that uses energy more productively to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment and greater energy security, affordability and reliability.” They are fostering “initiatives that drive technological innovation and energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy, through policy advocacy, education, communications, and research. Aims to convene and engage “in diverse public private partnerships, collaborative efforts and strategic alliances to optimize resources and expand our sphere of influence.” Represents about 125 companies and organizations.

Activities:

  • Federal Policy – “Energy efficiency is a bipartisan and national issue, facilitating domestic manufacturing and job creation, helping businesses and consumers save money, and offering a multitude of environmental benefits. At the federal level, the Alliance to Save Energy focuses on influencing and promoting effective legislation, regulatory actions and administrative policy.”
  • Transportation “50×50 Commission” – Business, government and civil society leaders work together to develop a pathway and recommendations to reduce energy use in the U.S. transportation sector by 50 percent by 2050 while meeting future mobility needs.
  • Systems Efficiency Initiative – There is growing consensus in the buildings industry that focusing on building systems—a combination of equipment, controls, operations and interconnections—will become increasingly necessary to achieve future meaningful and cost-effective energy savings in buildings.
  • Energy 2030 – Advocates a bold but achievable goal of doubling energy productivity in the U.S. by 2030 (getting twice as much economic output from each unit of energy).
  • PowerSave Schools – Participating “schools reduce consumption an average of 5-15% in one year through no-cost operations and behavior changes!” Students “are empowered to grow as leaders, apply academic knowledge to solve the real-world challenge of increasing utility bills, and move their schools and communities toward a greener future with energy efficiency practices and measurable energy savings.”
  • Global Alliance for Energy Productivity – Aims for a doubling of global energy productivity and “builds on the success of the Energy 2030 initiative in the United States as well as ongoing energy productivity efforts around the world.”
  • Clean Power Plan – A “hub of information and tools for policy makers, industry participants and energy efficiency advocates to better understand the CPP and take action to ensure that energy efficiency is used to its fullest extent in states’ compliance plans.”
  • CarbonCount™ – A “scoring tool that evaluates bond investments in U.S.-based, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to determine how effectively they can be expected to reduce CO2 emissions per $1,000 of investment.”
  • Rate Design Initiative – Aimed “at uniting key stakeholders around innovative rate designs that incentivize energy efficiency and other environmental goals while also addressing adequate cost recovery for utilities. The initiative could ultimately shape the way millions of Americans use and pay for energy in their homes.”
  • Buildings – Energy-efficient buildings do more while using less – like keeping occupants more comfortable while using less energy to regulate the temperature.

Publications:

Leadership: Gil Quiniones (Chair)

Budget: ~$4.5m

 

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