Department of Energy Outlines Roadmap to City Light-backed Efficiency Goal

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz’s recent release of  A Strategic Roadmap for American Energy Innovation: Economic Growth and Competitiveness (Roadmap) demonstrates national support for doubling the country’s energy productivity by 2030, a goal Seattle City Light has championed as a partner in the Alliance to Save Energy.

The roadmap identifies proven and effective strategies and actions to advance energy efficiency that can be implemented by a broad range of stakeholders including businesses, state and local governments, universities, community colleges and individual consumers.

Any organization or person can follow steps in the roadmap and share in the benefits of achieving this goal. A federal model estimates that these strategies can contribute to a net increase of $922 billion in U.S. gross domestic product by 2030.

To read the full Roadmap report, visit http://www.energy2030.org/roadmap.

City Light was an early signer with the Alliance. The utility hosted a local forum on accelerating energy efficiency with the Alliance, the Department of Energy and the Council on Competitiveness in April 2015.

Alliance President Kateri Callahan said 122 companies, governments and organizations, including City Light, have endorsed the goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity.

“The rewards of making this new American energy future a reality are significant from creating over a million new jobs to reducing consumers’ energy bills by over $1,000 a year, all while simultaneously achieving huge reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” Callahan said.

City Light’s Carrasco to Address Energy Efficiency at EE Global Forum

City Light General Manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco

Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco is scheduled to join US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Monday for a discussion on how to double American energy productivity by 2030 during the Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington, D.C.

Carrasco is set to discuss what municipalities can and should do to promote energy efficiency, a utility perspective of how Seattle has moved forward on energy efficiency, why energy productivity can drive energy efficiency to the next level and the policies that are needed to achieve the goal of doubling energy productivity.

Carrasco serves as co-chair of the Alliance to Save Energy’s board.

Doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030 is a goal outlined in both President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy 2030 initiative. Doubling energy productivity could save America $327 billion, save families over $1,000 a year on energy bills, add over a million jobs, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one-third, and reduce oil imports by one-third as well.

Monday’s panel discussion will begin with the formal launch of the Alliance’s Energy 2030 On the Road Campaign, which seeks to galvanize action at the state and local levels through a shared commitment to the Energy 2030 goal. Moniz is scheduled to deliver the keynote address.