Thursday, March 20, 2014

No respect have no energy efficiency

Thursday, March 20, 2014
While politicians and planners focus on the production of energy and fuels, it is energy efficiency, which should be the first winner. How I my students are, as also for the members of Congress say - to save less and less expensive energy, as to create any kind of energy.

Economist skip Laitner linking energy efficiency, economy concluded in his study August 2013: recommendations for improving the robustness of the U.S. economy: "consumed about economy in 2010 to support the high-quality energy, only 14 per cent was converted into useful work. In other words, the American economy wasted 86 percent of the energy, the this year in the production of were and used services. "It is easy to imagine that waste of this magnitude creates an array of costs that economic and social welfare weakens the nation."

In a 2009 McKinsey & co-report how they explained the benefits this way: "research shows that the US economy has the potential, not transport energy annual consumption 23 percent by 2020, elimination of more than 1.2 trillion $ to reduce - far beyond the $520 billion upfront investment (not including tuition fees) that would be required in the trash." The reduction of energy consumption would cut lead yearly 1.1 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions - the equivalent of the entire fleet of cars and light trucks off the road. "

President Obama last week proposed higher standards for fuel for heavy trucks. Completed a previous rule in September 2011 the fleet improved fuel efficiency by between 9 and 23 per cent, to experience the largest decreases with the largest trucks. The Obama administration estimates that these standards that 8 billion cost the industry about applied 2014-2018 model years $ but truck users about $50 billion in fuel costs over the lifetime of the vehicles except would.

The International Energy Agency the 2011 report, energy efficiency opportunities for electric motor-driven systems, noted: "the majority of electric motors in use are less than 75 of kW in a wide variety of small applications, especially in the areas of residential and commercial real estate. Electric motors and the systems that drive them are consumed the single largest electric endUse, more than twice as much as lighting, the next largest endUse. Proceeding, these motors consumers say 43-46 percent of global electricity consumption. The distribution of electric motors are: industrial engines with 64 percent commercial at 20 percent, living at 13 percent and transport/agriculture at 3 percent.

The U.S. Department of energy (DOE)-estimates, the commercial refrigerators and freezers, the new standards sold US power consumption of about 340 billion kilowatt-hours more than reduce thirty years and save companies $12 billion. The new standards reduce also CO2 emissions of 142 million tons, equivalent to the annual emissions from 30 million cars.

A recent study by the American Council for an energy-efficient economy (ACEEE) estimates that more than 190,000 jobs Shaheen-Portman-law, which was only reintroduced in Congress, consumers save $16.2 billion per year and reduce CO2 and other pollutants in the air, the equivalent of 22 million cars off of the road - all up to the year 2030. The law strengthens building energy codes, savings targets set and provides an approach for building improvements, financing for energy efficiency.

The environmental protection agency (EPA) energy-efficiency data sheet is called it: "studies show that these efforts could help reduce the of the country's total energy consumption to 20 percent by the year 2025, the expected increase in the demand for electricity in the middle and the increase in the natural gas by 50 percent or more cut." This adds up to hundreds of billions of dollars on energy cost savings in the next 10-15 years. "It could be delayed to prevent the need for the construction of dozens of new power plants or other new energy infrastructure that help."

The random selection of studies and actions in over $2 trillion in savings execute together with water, pollution and greenhouse gases that would have been required to produce the energy. We must in the short term passage of the bipartisan energy efficiency Bill introduced and co-authored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D - NH) and Rob Portman (R - OH) press. The Shaheen-Portman Bill is the Bellweather, whether Congress Americans can save consumers money, to improve their health and to create jobs. And Yes, energy efficiency deserves our attention, big time.

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