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Energy 2030 outlines steps to double US energy productivity by 2030; spend $166B a year to net savings of $327B

The Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy released a set of recommendations—Energy 2030—designed to double US energy productivity by 2030. The Commission was created in 2012 to identify solutions for increasing US energy productivity and aid in jumpstarting the economy.

To achieve the Commission’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 with currently available technology and design practices, households, businesses, and federal, state, and local governments will need to invest about an additional $166 billion a year (in real 2010 US dollars) in building improvements, energy efficient vehicles and industrial equipment, and energy saving transportation systems, according to the report. This investment would both reduce the amount of energy needed to run the American economy and the price of energy for US consumers, lowering overall energy costs by some $494 billion a year, according to the analysis.

Net of investment costs, annual savings to American households, businesses, and government agencies would total about $327 billion, and economic growth and energy demand would be decoupled, the Commission said. Capturing the benefits of profitable efficiency investments in buildings, industry, and transportation could increase US economic output by as much as 2% in 2030.

Further, if the Commission’s goal is achieved, US CO2 emissions would decline to 4.65 billion tons by 2020, 22% below 2005 levels, and to 4 billion tons, or 33% below 2005 levels, by 2030.

The Commission includes members from the power sector, environmental groups, the financial community, manufacturing, transportation and government. Based on the findings from supporting research reports, the Commission developed this set of unanimous policy recommendations—Energy 2030—for federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector, with the intention of doubling energy productivity by 2030.

The Commission selected the recommendations based on an assessment of their potential impact, their political viability, and their implementability. Because energy productivity decisions are made by everyone, most of the recommendations cut across economic sectors. As many of the recommendations seek national harmonization and state or local implementation, the federal, state, and local recommendations often are intertwined, the Commission noted.

The recommendations are organized under three overarching strategies:

  • Invest in energy productivity throughout the economy. More than $1 trillion in cost-effective energy savings opportunities are available in the United States, but achieving the savings will require the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars, the report notes.

  • Modernize regulations and infrastructure to improve energy productivity.

  • Educate and engage consumers, workers, business executives, and government leaders on ways to drive energy productivity gains.

Specific recommendations under the invest strategy include:

  • Make more capital available by enabling institutional investors to buy energy efficiency financial obligations on a large scale using securities based on uniform contract structures and better performance data.

  • Establish state and local programs for financing of efficiency measures, which may use repayment on utility bills or on property tax bills (the capital could be provided by institutional investors).

  • Consider household energy and transportation costs when underwriting mortgages to allow for larger or more attractive loans for homes with lower monthly costs.

  • Reform federal energy efficiency tax incentives so that they focus on high efficiency technologies and measures and on promoting innovation and market transformation.

  • Adjust commercial and industrial depreciation schedules to encourage investments that can boost energy productivity.

  • Increase federal investment in basic and applied research, development, demonstration, deployment, and technical assistance.

  • Apply innovative best practices to government buildings and vehicle fleets.

  • Make all cost-effective efficiency improvements to federal buildings, using private financing and public funds

Modernization recommendations include:

  • Incentivize innovation and adoption of best practices by state and local governments based on energy productivity improvements, investments, and regulatory reform. States would receive technical assistance and funding based upon policy and regulatory reforms like those recommended in this report on building energy codes and disclosure, efficiency programs and financing, utility reform, and transportation planning and investments.

  • Steadily and aggressively increase the stringency of building energy codes, with quick adoption and effective compliance measures.

  • End current delays and update federal appliance and equipment, vehicle, and manufactured housing efficiency standards to maximum technologically feasible and economically justified levels.

  • Adopt utility policies that make full use of all cost-effective demand-side management (end-use energy efficiency and demand response) as a resource. Such state-level policies may include broad and targeted savings goals, financial incentives for utilities, time-variant customer rates, fair treatment of combined heat and power and other distributed resources, and harmonized program evaluation.

  • Advance regional and local transportation and land use plans that promote energy productivity by improving access to work, services, school, and play, and by increasing transportation options including safe walking, biking and public transportation. Provide funding and technical assistance to enable efficient development patterns and transportation infrastructure that is consistent with the regional and local plans.

  • Use energy efficiency as an emissions reduction strategy in environmental regulations.

  • Ensure major government and regulated infrastructure spending on energy grids, transportation infrastructure, and water and waste systems increases energy productivity.

Recommendations under the education strategy include:

  • Develop effective building energy ratings, benchmarks, and disclosure methods for commercial and residential buildings; require periodic disclosure in commercial buildings and disclosure at time of sale or rental in residential buildings; and incorporate the information in building appraisals and real estate listings.

  • Enable customers and third parties authorized by the customers to access their energy usage data, while ensuring customer privacy.

  • Develop harmonized energy use labels with discrete ratings for appliances and vehicles that are coordinated with building energy labels.

  • Effectively manage corporate energy use and report on energy productivity as part of corporate sustainability reporting.

  • Develop school and university curricula on energy use and productivity, conduct consumer campaigns, develop technical certifications, and provide related workforce training and continuing education.

The Alliance will collaborate with its 13 Honorary Congressional Vice Chairs to develop legislative proposals at the national level. Commission members will also discuss the recommendations with Obama Administration leaders. Efforts to advance recommendations across the country at the local and state levels are to begin immediately.



Kit P

Blah, blah, blah, where is the beef?

I love efficiency but hate government BS. After 10 minutes of reading not one actual example of improving efficiency.

That unless you consider the 'efficiency' of spending without telling us what we are getting.


Oh dear, Agenda 21 censors removed my post cause I mentioned Low Energy Nuke reactions. These guys are terrified of a REAL solution that makes them look like dweebs. OK, well, this is why no one believes these Energy 2030 cowdung claims and this country has fallen behind the innovation curve.

But maybe hot fusion will save us. ITER is only 300% over budget and not due to try to make energy til 2035 or 2050 after they bamboozle another $$23billion from the taxpayers.


There are two easy ways to solve USA's energy problems.

1. Firstly, consume less, i.e. consume more efficiently.
2. As and if required, produce more clean e-energy.

There are 1001 ways to consume less energy, such as:

- Use 60+ mpg vehicles instead of current 20 mpg gas guzzlers.
- Upgrade building codes with LEED type standards.
- Change current inefficient 10 and 13 SEER AC units for 30 SEER Heat pumps.
- Change interior and exterior lights with 150+ Lm/watt LEDs.
- Electrify and increase the number and use of public transportation vehicles.
- make use of new light materials such as nanoclellulose cristaline (NCC) to re-enforce (5x to 10X) plastics and composites to build much lighter vehicles.

Note: The first large commercial NNC production plant, built by Domtar and FP Innovations in Windsor Qc., started production on skedule today.

With more efforts to reduce consumption, additional e-energy may not be required for the next 10 or 20 years or so.

Kit P

"USA's energy problems"

What problems? We are not having a problem producing the energy we need.

We also have shortage blow hards who tell us to turn down our thermostat while jet around the world in private jets.

There has been huge improvements in efficiency in the last 50 years but the second law of thermodynamics eventually smacks right up the law of diminishing returns.


Drill baby, Drill.



Let the market choose the best technologies but the state could usefully modify the market so that efficient technologies flourish. That's what this paper is about so silly to complain about lack of gizmos.

Two examples.
1) Develop effective building ratings. I think this is a great idea: cars have efficacy ratings, why not buildings. There is the Energy Performance Certificate in Britain already ... which is a flop as rating not effective.
2) financing of efficiency measures (... via ...) bills. Green Deal is a version of this in Britain - too early to tell if it will work.

There is still a long time before these recommendations could bear fruit, needing to become law and then feedback to quicker adoption of technologies. But then that's the status for the research into batteries and engines too.


Shine baby shine !
it takes only 15 watts, thats 5 watts more than an Ipad of solar power to get an e-bike rolling forward:


Much(most?) electric power is consumed in distant transmission and distribution losses, besides administration costs.

Present distributed solar is already economical with grid tie-in. Solar component efficiency improvements and cost reductions continue to make solar even more economical.

Should power company monopolies make huge rate hikes, any second source gets even more use. Oil price hikes lead to more hybrid/EV/Plug-in sales and use.

Like oil usage, US grid electricity use can level off more than just linearly multiply.


Consumption addiction may be as difficult to change as drug, tobacco, junk food, alcohol addictions?

Adding 1% to 3% nanocellulose cristalline (NNC) to nylon-polyester yarns could make most clothing, carpets etc last up to 5 times longer at very little extra cost? The total energy saved would be appreciable.

However, since that would go against our current acquired NA ways, our throw away consumption society would resist for decades, with relevant industries' financial support?


NNC re-enforced plastics and composites could replace most-many car parts and reduce total car weight by up to 40+%. The e-energy and fossil fuel savings would be very appreciative when applied to 1,000,000,000 vehicles worldwide.

E-vehicles range would be extended at next to no total life extra cost? ICEVs could be replaced sooner?


What BUGS me are homea and buildings that obviously were never designed for the local climate. Simple things like hot climes with places with no shade trees resulting in a ton of wasted energy every summer. Or enormous amounts of windows in a place that is often cold.

Kit P


What we have here is an empty vision statement being called a 'policy'.

“Two examples.”

Good example of things we have been doing for at least 30 years. Everything that really works, is already done. As sad as it sounds, HarveyD actually did a better job of presenting information.

I want to know the details of the change that people want me to make.

“Simple things like hot climes with places with no shade trees resulting in a ton of wasted energy every summer. Or enormous amounts of windows in a place that is often cold. ”

Thirty years ago, California title 24 made it hard to build a Monterrey house (thermal mass) and forced Michigan style houses (no windows, lots of insulation but no thermal mass.

“the state could usefully modify the market so that efficient technologies flourish. That's what this paper is about so silly to ”

It is very rare when the state bases efficiency on good engineer rather than politics.


W2000....yes, the average home waste 66+% for heating and/or cooling.

We reduced our daily e-energy use (for an all electric place) from 65 KWh/day to 22 KWh/day and much more could be done.

Our new place has very large double thermo-windows, mostly on the south side. On very cold days-nights (under -20C) the (inside) glass surface temperature drops from +22C to as low as +12C. When we close the shades and heavy drapes, (at night) the temperature drop is reduced to only two degrees (from +22C to about to +20C) or very close to what the automatic thermostats are set (+18.5C for 8 hours over-night and +22.5C for the other 16 hours/day).

Our cold weather heat-pump does an excellent job to -17C outside temps. It is automatically turned off on colder weather.


What will happen when the human population finally learns there is energy ALL AROUND US. And accessing it is actually rather simple??

1) Abundance will abound
2) Third world countries will develop higher standards of living.
3) As living standards rise, birthrates decrease.

4) Carbon consumption will plummet. AGW will end. Climate will not change more than normal. Air pollution will plummet.

5) Massive desalination will help deserts bloom, creating an abundance of produce, grains.

6) Money saved by ending failed energy projects (all in works today) can be redirected to wellness & health education.

Only those behind Agenda 21 oppose disclosure of abundant, clean, green energy. REAL enviros, philanthropists, humanists and spiritualists support New Fire.

Kit P


It is just a theory but I think that unstable governments and corruption is a big barrier to providing affordable reliable power.

A number of years ago I was reading the company rag. There was a nice story about our renewable energy group developing a biomass project in a rural area of a third world country. At the time I was working on my master degree in environmental engineering and was interested in local rural problems assiacted with large amounts of dairy farm manure. We got the the our renewable energy group to visist our area. I asked how the third world project was coming. The manager told me they had learned it was not safe because projects that would improve life of the local would be attacked and American engineers kidnapped.

“can be redirected to wellness & health education. ”

At the power plant in California, we spent over a million dollars on equipment to prevent releasing any oil since our regulatory limit was zero. This in a world where there are a million cars dripping oil for every large power plant. In other states, the limit for reporting a spill is 25 gallons.

It would be nice if we could have put the million dollars into a reading program.


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