Why energy efficiency works for most of us

2009 energy efficiency budget data collected by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency shows that the south lags the country in investment.

2009 energy efficiency budget data collected by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency shows that the South lags the country in investment, not to mention energy savings impacts.

A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy provides a great reminder as to why a focus on energy efficiency is good for the American worker.

As a result [of energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment], consumers and businesses spend less money on utility bills. This moves money from the utility sector, with relatively few jobs per dollar of revenue, to other sectors that have higher jobs per dollar of revenue. (Source: ACEEE)

The press release mentions the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act (INCAAA) of 2010, which nearly passed by unanimous consent very late in the 2010 lame duck session of Congress. We understand a single Senator objected.

So … We have to pay the meter.

More jobs vs. fewer jobs.

More manufacturing profits vs. more utility profits.

Choices to be made.

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We understand a single Senator objected.?


Comment by softkey ru on January 28, 2011 6:38 am


Based on the posting url for the comment from @softkey ru, this looks like a spam comment, but on the chance that it is not, I’ll respond to the implied question.

INCAAA passed the house, but during the “lame duck” session of the Senate, most bills had to pass by “unanimous consent” due to time restrictions. So if a single Senator objects, the bill fails.

INCAAA supporters worked hard to confirm that every US Senator supported this bill. In the end, it is my understanding that all but one senator confirmed support of the legislation. In fact, SACE staff were involved in convincing more than one Southeastern senator to withdraw an objection, so we were directly engaged in this behind-the-scenes debate. With one objection remaining, the session came to an end without INCAAA passing.

At least that is my understanding.


Comment by John D. Wilson on January 28, 2011 11:20 am


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