The argument for energy efficiency is simple. Every year, much of the energy the U.S. consumes is wasted. That’s why during his first public speech today at the 2013 Energy Efficiency Global Forum, Dr. Ernest Moniz said he was making energy efficiency a focal point during his tenure as Secretary of Energy.
To meet the President’s goals of doubling America’s energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department will continue to push for efficiency improvements across multiple sectors of the economy. The Department will also work to strengthen our work with states and regions, where a lot of action -- especially on energy efficiency -- is taking place. As Secretary Moniz said in his speech, the case for energy efficiency is clear:
- The appliance standards that the Energy Department enacted over the last four years will save American families trillions of dollars ove a few decades. The Department will work to facilitate the development of new appliance standards.
- Fuel economy remains very important. In order to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, the Department will focus on vehicle efficiency, alternative fuels and vehicle electrification.
- Manufacturing is another focus of the Department. A recently announced new manufacturing initiative will focus on improving wide bandgap semiconductors, which could have huge impacts on everything from industrial appliances to computers.
- Building efficiency is a great opportunity. The Department will pick up the pace to meet the President’s commitment of $200 billion worth of energy savings performance contracts.
Secretary Moniz closed his speech the same way he started it -- with a focus on the environment. “I just don’t see solutions to our biggest energy and environmental problems without a very strong demand-side response, and that’s why it’s logical to focus on energy efficiency.”