EE Policies Will Form Obama’s Environmental Legacy

Gita Subramony for Zondits, May 14, 2014

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) notes that the Obama’s environmental legacy will likely be shaped by energy efficiency initiatives that fly under the radar instead of the policy decisions on the Keystone XL pipeline. NEEP’s blog post points out that energy efficiency initiatives, though lacking the media attention and glamour of solar or wind projects, will be instrumental and vital towards reducing the USA’s GHG emissions. NEEP calls out Massachusetts for investing heavily in energy efficiency and being a regional leader for energy conservation. The state’s Green Communities Act will result in 3.6 Terawatt-hours in reduced energy consumption. Additionally, federal appliance standards will continue to reduce energy usage on a national level. National, state, and local energy efficiency initiatives have the ability to reduce energy consumption, spur economic growth, and create jobs.


Sweating the Small Stuff: Energy Efficiency Policy and the Keystone XL Pipeline

NEEP, May 5, 2014
Energy efficiency policy work doesn’t always make for great conversation at dinner parties. Energy efficiency represents energy and money not wasted, so it’s less tangible than new solar panels or a natural gas well. And much of NEEP’s work is behind the scenes, spread across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in regulatory proceedings that can be hard to follow, on topics that may not, on the surface, sound very interesting. The energy efficiency policies we follow certainly haven’t captured media attention the way that the future of the Keystone XL pipeline has. But an article in last week’s New York Times by Coral Davenport helps show just how important these proceedings on energy efficiency (and other aspects of energy and environmental policy) are to the future of our energy landscape and the Earth’s climate.
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