Obama backs US Energy Commission Recommendations

14 February 2013

The goals outlined by the Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy, a distinguished coalition of energy leaders were adopted by President Obama in his recent State of the Union Address this week.

The US President stated, “I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years.”

The president also encouraged the development of energy efficient buildings and worker training programs which were both strongly advocated by the Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy. 

The Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy, a distinguished coalition of energy leaders with input from Scotland via ECCI associate Stefan Buetnner, unveiled a set of recommendations designed to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030, an innovative approach that promises to be of interest to other nations around the globe.

Over a one year period, a diverse commission led by Senator Mark Warner (Dem.-VA) and Tom King (National Grid U.S.), and supported by a group of international and technical advisors that utilized input from Scotland, have looked into policies that could save $327 billion annually and add 1.3 million jobs to the U.S. economy. In addition, the commission encouraged increased energy productivity which is defined by getting more GDP out of every unit of energy. 

Modernize, Invest, and Educate are keywords of the “strategy that can serve as a blueprint to advance energy efficiency and bring direct and tangible benefits to families and businesses while building a stronger economy and healthier environment - not just in the US” says Stefan Buettner, advisor to David Torrance MSP/ECCI Associate and member on the International Advisory Council and adds “a holistic approach centered around energy productivity like this is unique so far and considering the great potential it bears for public and private sector, as well as for households, one can only hope that it will be copied widely.” Buettner adds “Having President Obama incorporate key aspects of our proposal in his State of the Union Address is the first step; fighting climate change, strengthening our economies and energy security are no contradicting goals”.