During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama discussed the need for energy efficiency and ways the government can help the U.S. economy stop wasting energy.
“I’m issuing a new goal for America: Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years,” Obama said. In addition to this goal, the White House’s fact sheet detailed a proposal to double the energy efficiency of the entire U.S. economy over the next 20 years.
The challenge now is making these goals a reality, and for that, the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy 2030 report offers insight on doubling the U.S. energy productivity by 2030. The Energy 2030 plan addresses the barriers of increasing energy efficiency, such as poor information about benefits and logistics, but most importantly it recommends steps for policymakers.
The Obama administration will start acting on this goal by implementing a new Energy Efficiency Race to the Top for states, as outlined in the White House’s fact sheet.
“The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen,” Obama said. This program is modeled after a successful Administration approach in educational reform, which was deigned to promote forward-leaning policy adoption at the state-level. State governments that implement effective policies that increase energy efficiency and help decrease waste will receive awards.
The Energy 2030 report also suggested that the Department of Energy tighten efficiency standards for household appliances, which it already has the authority to do. Many of the suggestions for policymakers outlined in Energy 2030, require Congress cooperation, which may be easier said than done.
Below is a recap of Obama’s energy focus during the February 12, 2013 State of the Union address, provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Ideally, increased energy efficiency will help the U.S. in reducing its dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, reduce the cost of energy, and take significant action to address climate change.
To learn more about the Energy 2030 plan, visit our blog post: Plan to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030.
Source: Obama wants to double U.S. energy efficiency by 2030. Is that possible? The Washington Post