Building America’s Green Economy: A Foundation of Energy Efficiency, A Future of Renewable Energy


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There are many opportunities to interlace energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) in policy and the marketplace. In her presentation, Kateri discussed the historical partnership of EE and RE, from their pivotal role in the energy legislation of the past decade, to their essential support of many clean energy policies and programs undertaken by state and local authorities, utility companies and businesses. Given the ‘green’ tenor of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the partnership between EE and RE will only grow stronger, making these two clean fuels the building blocks of a green economy.

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  • Building America’s Green Economy: A Foundation of Energy Efficiency, A Future of Renewable Energy

    1. 1. Building America’s Green Economy: A Foundation of Energy Efficiency A Future of Renewable Energy   Kateri Callahan, President RETECH 2009 Conference Wednesday, February 25 Las Vegas Convention Center
    2. 2. Presentation Outline <ul><li>The Challenge We Face </li></ul><ul><li>A Few Words About the Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Efficiency – America’s Greatest Resource </li></ul><ul><li>EE and RE: A Necessary and Symbiotic Partnership for a Green Economy </li></ul>
    3. 3. Inventing our Energy Future While Re-Building the Economy <ul><li>The imperative: </li></ul><ul><li>“… the future of our economy and national security are inextricably linked to one challenge: energy.” </li></ul><ul><li>The path forward: </li></ul><ul><li>“ To control our own destiny, America must develop new forms of energy and new ways of using it. This is not a challenge for government alone….It is a challenge for all of us.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>President Barack Obama, December 15, 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. What is the Alliance to Save Energy? <ul><li>Mission: </li></ul><ul><li>To promote energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. </li></ul><ul><li>The Alliance is… </li></ul><ul><li>Staffed by 50+ professionals </li></ul><ul><li>31 years of experience in policy, research, education, communications, technology deployment and market transformation </li></ul>
    5. 5. Alliance Directors: Bi-Partisan Elected Officials & Industry Leaders Jim Rogers, CEO Duke Energy Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) <ul><li>Guided by a 37-Member, elected Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders of environmental, consumer, and trade associations; state and local policy makers; corporate executives </li></ul>Bi-partisan, bi-cameral Honorary Vice Chairs
    6. 6. Forging Alliances: Business, Government & Public Interests <ul><li>Sponsorship and participation of more than 150 organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement by businesses in all economic sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Headquartered in Washington, D.C. with operations in several US states, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Mexico, and India </li></ul>
    7. 7. Why Energy Efficiency? Powering the U.S. Economy for 30 Years
    8. 8. Why Energy Efficiency? <ul><li>Cheap, Clean & Quick </li></ul><ul><li>Buys Time to Develop New Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Buys Time to Scale-up/Make Cost-Effective New Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation for Cost-Effective Use of Renewable Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Delays and/or Avoids New Carbon-based Capacity </li></ul>
    9. 9. Codes: Helping to Cut Global Energy Demand Growth .. Source: McKinsey Global Institute
    10. 10. Here’s Where We’ve Been… The History of EE & RE By N.R.G .
    11. 11. EE & RE: Working Together in EPAct 2005
    12. 12. EE & RE: Working Together in EISA 2007
    13. 13. But the Future Looks Even Brighter…
    14. 14. A Look at President-Elect Obama’s Platform… <ul><li>On Energy Efficiency </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce Electricity Demand 15% by 2020 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Net-Zero Energy Buildings by 2030 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Overhaul Federal Appliance Standards </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>45% Improvement in New Federal Building Energy Use by 2014 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25% Improvement in Existing Federal Building Energy Use by 2014 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>15% Overall Reduction in Federal Energy Use by 2015 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flip Incentives for Utilities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Invest in a “Smart Grid” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weatherize 1 Million Homes Annually </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Invest and Incent “Livable Cities” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 15. The Energy ‘A-Team’: Obama’s Cabinet Ministers
    16. 16. The Energy ‘A-Team’, continued John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science &Technology Dir. of the Science, Technology, & Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
    17. 17. Obama “Making Good” on Promises: Early Action (Jan 08) <ul><li>Directs TD to establish higher fuel economy standards for vehicles by model year 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Directs EPA to reconsider the bid by California and 13 other states to set tailpipe carbon dioxide emission standards requiring greater fuel economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Confirms intent to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>weatherize 2 million homes over the next two years; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make significant energy efficiency upgrades to 75 percent of federal buildings (savings of $2 billion in avoided energy costs); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>double the country’s renewable energy resource base; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create nearly 500,000 new “green jobs.” </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Stimulus Funding <ul><li>About $50 billion for efficiency (2+ years) </li></ul>
    19. 19. On the Horizon… … More Energy Efficiency?
    20. 20. Up Next: Federal Appropriations <ul><li>2009 Omnibus Appropriations – “Flat” for EE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About 1.7 Billion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Funding to Initiate Commercial Building Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FY 2010 Budget Request for EE Expected to be “Flat” (supplemented by significant stimulus funding) </li></ul>
    21. 21. Net ZEB: Commercial Buildings Initiative (CBI) <ul><li>Authorized in EISA (12/07) </li></ul><ul><li>Net-zero commercial building goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2030: New construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2050: Entire stock </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Broad government/industry consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive approach (R&D deployment) </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate (initiate) national and local actions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure, benchmark, disclose energy performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R&D for critical technologies and systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate scalable, replicable system solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transform market: education/training, finance, appraisal, incentives, codes, buyer demand-pull </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Omnibus 2009 Appropriations bill has $33 Million to Initiate the Program </li></ul>
    22. 22. Building an EE Foundation for RE Improvements <ul><li>What: Industry-driven research program, sponsored by the U.S. DOE designed to accelerate the development & adoption of advanced building energy technologies in new and existing homes. </li></ul><ul><li>Why : </li></ul><ul><li>Produce homes on a community scale that use on average 40% to 100% less source energy </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate onsite power systems leading to zero energy homes, that produce as much energy as they use, by 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>Features include: </li></ul><ul><li>Climate-specific designs </li></ul><ul><li>Super efficient walls, foundations, windows, and roofs </li></ul><ul><li>Passive solar heating and cooling </li></ul><ul><li>State-of-the-art heating, cooling, hot water, appliances, and lighting systems </li></ul><ul><li>Solar thermal and solar electric systems Moisture resistant construction techniques. </li></ul>U.S. DOE’s Building America Program
    23. 23. Followed by: Action on energy bill? <ul><li>Best forecast -- Senate will take up an energy bill in the April/May time frame; </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to add new authorizations that could be funded from auction proceeds from a climate bill considered in the fall; </li></ul><ul><li>Senator Bingaman is ready to introduce a comprehensive energy bill and the &quot;Gang of Twenty&quot; is also expected to introduce a bill sometime in January </li></ul><ul><li>House may introduce combined energy/climate bill </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in National RPS/EERS (Markey has introduced bills) </li></ul>
    24. 24. <ul><ul><li>Advanced building energy codes: Set targets for national model building energy codes of 30% improvement in 2010 and 50% improvement in 2020 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Efficiency Resource Standard: Require utilities to save energy equal to 10% of electricity sales and 7% of natural gas sales in 2020 through end-use, on-site or distributional efficiency programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vehicle feebate: Provide car manufacturers a graduated tax incentive (rebate) for fuel-efficient vehicles, paid for by a graduated tax (fee) on gas guzzlers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote complete streets: Direct states and localities to accommodate all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users, when developing street projects. </li></ul></ul>Alliance Recommendations:
    25. 25. <ul><li>Alliance, together with other organizations, is working to develop recommendations for the next climate bill </li></ul><ul><li>We are looking at evaluation, measurement and verification; third-party programs; how much should be spent on R&D </li></ul><ul><li>Objective is to develop a unified “ask” from the efficiency community by the end of this year, then start briefing Congressional staff </li></ul><ul><li>Despite economic woes, expectation on the Hill is for consideration of a climate bill as early as the summer or fall of 2009. </li></ul>What about a Climate Bill?
    26. 26. RE & EE: Key Ingredients to Climate Change Legislation
    27. 27. Climate Bill Funding: Energy Efficiency <ul><li>To utilities for customers, including efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>To leading states based on savings </li></ul><ul><li>Local government block grants </li></ul><ul><li>Low-income weatherization </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient buildings and appliances programs </li></ul><ul><li>Public transit </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Green jobs training </li></ul><ul><li>ARPA-E (RD&D) </li></ul>
    28. 28. The Future is Ours to Invent! <ul><li>A Future of Promise: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Near Term: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The U.S. Economy is Re-built on Development and Deployment of Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer Term (but Not Much!): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Becomes the Most Energy Efficient Economy in the World </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The U.S. Becomes a Global Leader in the Production and Use of Renewable Energy </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. Building Blocks of a Green-fueled Economy:
    30. 30. Thank you! <ul><li>For More Information…. </li></ul><ul><li>Kateri Callahan </li></ul><ul><li>President </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance to Save Energy </li></ul><ul><li>1850 M Street, NW </li></ul><ul><li>Washington, D.C. 20036 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>202.857.0666 </li></ul>