U.S. Energy Saving Industry Gains Momentum

AUTHOR Bracken Hendricks of the Center for American Progress thinks the momentum energy efficiency is experiencing in the U.S. is due to a change in the forces driving it forward.

He feels that the desire for energy efficiency has changed from being driven primarily by public programmes to produce a robust energy saving industry that has become part of the country’s energy system.

"The cheapest, cleanest energy we can bring online is the energy we never have to use," he said.  

Bracken joined energy efficiency leaders gathered in Chicago last week for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (MEEA) ninth annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference.  

The theme of this year's conference, “Seizing the Momentum!” focused on how we can ramp up existing energy efficiency programs and continue to build off the jobs and investments created by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

The largest event of its kind in the Midwest, MEEA's conference brings together a broad range of private- and public-sector thought leaders from across the country.  

"We have everyone from government employees to retailers and public utility representatives," said MEEA Acting Executive Director Jay Wrobel. "The common thread is that everyone here shares a true passion for energy efficiency."

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Wednesday 19th January 2011

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