Across the United States, energy consumption is on the rise. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that consumption of primary energy will increase by 12 percent by the year 2040. The statistic is another reminder of the notion that a sustainable future requires the development of energy-efficient technologies.
Providing reliable energy at affordable prices for businesses and consumers alike is a complex equation with many variables. It requires constant technological breakthroughs that can change the paradigm, and ongoing investment in research and innovation to fund those breakthroughs. It also requires pragmatic public policy aimed at promoting energy efficiency – in our homes, in our offices, on the factory floor and in government itself.