First off, Energy efficiency increases need to be a key strategy in achieving carbon emissions goals.
That’s according to joint comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These comments are from the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). This response to the agency’s forthcoming new standards for existing power plants.
More importantly than ACEEE here is energy efficiency. Cause energy efficiency is the cheapest way to save on energy.
“Consumers are already saving billions of dollars and creating jobs by slashing their energy use-while also cutting carbon dioxide emissions produced from burning fossil fuels. We know from studies across the country that we could be saving much more. So it’s important that EPA designs its rules on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants in a way that encourages and uses energy efficiency by consumers as a compliance strategy, not just actions at the power plants. We look forward to working with EPA to use the power of energy efficiency to address climate change said Steven Nadel, the executive director of ACEEE.”
In conclusion, the Alliance and ACEEE’s full comments to the EPA can be found here: http://www.ase.org/sites/ase.org/files/resources/Media%20browser/ase_aceee_comments_on_111d_-_12-5-13.pdf
Sources: ACEEE and The Alliance to Save Energy