Fw: July/August e-FFICIENCY NEWS
- Includes the "Hydrocycle", Energy 2000 in Pittsburgh, and much more...
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> WELCOME TO e-FFICIENCY NEWS
> The bimonthly newsletter from the
> Alliance to Save Energy
> July/August 2000 Vol. 2 No. 4
> EFFICIENCY NEWS
> * Cure for the Summertime Blues?
> * Keep Cool and Keep Lights On
> * Just the Tax Incentives, Ma'am
> * Get Energy $mart in New York
> * The Race is On?
> * CEEC Newsletter Debuts in India
> * Surplus with a Smile
> * Florida Solar Energy Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary
> * Reicher Testifies in Special Energy Crisis Hearing
> * Strong Step for Energy Efficiency in Senate
> * More Tax Incentives?
> * Bob Dixon Appointed to DOE Renewable Energy Post
> * ESPC Barrier May Be Removed
> ALLIANCE NEWS
> * Electricity Reliability: Alliance Releases White Paper
> * Green Schools West Opens in Los Angeles
> * Evening with the Stars Convenes Powerhouses of Energy
> * Alliance Partners Conduct Successful Mexico Seminar
> HOT LINKS
> * New Web Site on International Appliance Standards
> * Climate Change Costs - Why Predictions Differ
> * On a Roll with Energy Star
> * Other Web Sites Worth Visiting
> EYE OPENERS
> * Toyota Prius Now Greenest Car
> * No More Gas Guzzling?
> * Battelle Forecasts Top Ten Energy Innovations for 2010
> * Sears Selling New Energy Star Clothes Washer
> * A Bicycle Built for You: Fuel Cell Bicycle Testing Complete
> EFFICIENCY EVENTS
> * Australia's Premier Sustainable Energy Event
> * FEMP Hosts Energy 2000 Workshop
> * European Commission Holds Energy Efficiency Conference
> * Affordable Comfort Seeks Presenters
> * Canada Energy Efficiency Conference
> EFFICIENCY NEWS
> Cure for the Summertime Blues?
> As California is poised on the brink of rolling blackouts due to the
> increased strain on its power grid, energy efficiency needs to play a key
> role in solving the state's and the nation's electricity reliability
> problem. Studies by the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council
> an Energy Efficient Economy(ACEEE) point out how efficiency measures could
> reduce both the national base load and regional and local peak loads on
> electric system.
> This issue along with high oil prices has given the Alliance to Save
> an opportunity to advance an energy efficiency message on CBS Evening
> USA Today, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, Scripps-Howard
> Service, and the Christian Science Monitor, Congressional Quarterly, among
> other venues.
> Alliance White Paper on Reliability:
> ACEE white paper
> Alliance coverage:
> USA Today: <http://www.usatoday.com/news/acovwed.htm>
> Keep Cool and Keep the Lights On
> The Trane Company, one of the nation's leading makers of air conditioning
> equipment, expressed support for efficiency standards for air conditioners
> following a series of discussions with efficiency advocates, including the
> Alliance to Save Energy.
> Trane's statement is just in time: Stronger energy-efficiency standards
> air conditioners could have prevented major outages and shortages caused
> high electricity demand in 1999 and in California this summer, according
> a new study released by the Appliance Standards Awareness Project.
> Just the Tax Incentives, Ma'am
> On July 25, House and Senate champions introduced companion bills which
> would create a tax credit for washing machines and refrigerators that
> significantly exceed the efficiency of models covered in the recent
> appliance standards promulgated for both those appliances. The effort to
> create this credit has been spearheaded by a unique coalition of appliance
> manufacturers and energy-efficiency and environmental organizations. In
> Senate, Senators James Jeffords (R- Vt.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), and
> Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced S.2939. Representatives Jim Nussle
> and John Tanner (D-Tenn.) sponsored the House version, H.R. 4977. "At the
> same time, consumers would save more than $1 billion in reduced energy and
> water bills, from the tax credits alone," says Daniel Lashof, Senior
> Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
> Statement of David M. Nemtzow, Alliance President:
> Daniel Lashof's statement: <http://www.ase.org/e-FFICIENCY/lashof.htm>
> Statement of Edward R. Osann, American Council for an Energy Efficient
> Get Energy $mart in New York
> The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
> launched its new energy efficiency campaign last month. As part of the New
> York Energy $mart program, the Keep Cool Summer Awareness campaign
> electricity reliability and the Energy Star label to reduce energy bills
> pollution. The campaign is a collaborative community effort involving
> retailers, manufacturers, home remodelers and designers, the media, and
> others. The campaign includes radio, subway and bus ads, and utility bill
> inserts. NYSERDA and the Alliance to Save Energy underwriting messages are
> running on public radio stations in New York City and Albany on both
> Edition and All Things Considered.
> For more information: <http://www.GetEnergySmart.org>.
> To hear the audio news release: <http://188.8.131.52/media.htm>
> The Race is On?
> A new energy efficiency trend in auto manufacturing puts major
> in the spotlight as they each strive to produce energy-efficient cars and
> trucks. Toyota and Honda have already premiered hybrid cars. Ford
> that it will increase the fuel economy of its SUVs, while GM promises to
> produce a full-size hybrid pickup truck beginning in 2004.
> CEEC Newsletter Debuts in India
> The Council of Energy Efficiency Companies (CEEC) of India has released
> inaugural issue of Energy Productivity News, a publication designed to
> provide information on trends in the Indian energy efficiency and policy
> For further information: <http://www.ase.org/ceeci/>
> Surplus With a Smile
> Presidential Candidate Al Gore pledged some of the federal government
> surplus to create a National Security and Environment Trust Fund. "Energy
> consumers in the U.S. will be able to breathe a little easier if the Vice
> President's clean energy proposals became law," says David Nemtzow,
> President of the Alliance to Save Energy. Gore's stated policy goals
> saving energy, reducing pollution and reducing the nation's dependence on
> unreliable imported oil. Proposed tax credits for consumers and tax
> incentives for businesses are major components of Gore's proposed policy.
> <http://www.ase.org/media/newsrel/press.htm#Energy consumers>
> Florida Solar Energy Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary
> Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet honored the Florida
> Energy Center (FSEC) on July 11 with an official resolution celebrating
> officially kicking off the FSEC's 25th anniversary. The Alliance
> congratulates Executive Director Dr. David Block and the entire FSEC staff
> for their extraordinary contributions to sustainable energy over the past
> quarter century.
> For more information: <http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/About/cabinet_res.htm>
> Reicher Testifies in Special Energy Crisis Hearing
> On Wednesday, July 26, Assistant Secretary for Energy-Efficiency and
> Renewable Energy Dan Reicher testified before a special hearing of the
> Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on the burgeoning crises in energy.
> Topics included gas and heating oil prices, electricity reliability, and a
> potential crisis in natural gas prices this winter. Reicher stressed the
> need for addressing the demand side of these problems as well as supply
> Asst. Secretary Reicher's statement:
> Strong Step for Energy Efficiency in Senate
> Alliance Chairman, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) helped achieve a forward
> step for energy efficiency in the context of electric utility
> reaching agreement with Senate Energy Committee Chairman Frank Murkowski
> (R-Alaska) on the need for including a public benefits fund in a
> comprehensive electricity bill. The Murkowski-Bingaman draft of agreed
> principles includes a $1 million fund, which would generate $3 billion for
> states to spend on energy-efficiency, low-income assistance and other
> More Tax Incentives?
> Also on the home tax credit front, Senator Bob Smith (R-N.H.), Chairman of
> the Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced a bill to provide
> incentives for energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings. For
> S. 2718 would provide a tax credit of $750 for homes that exceed model
> energy codes by 30 percent and $2000 for homes that exceed them by 50
> percent. The Smith bill is the first major legislation providing home tax
> credits to be introduced and get cosponsors in the Senate.
> For full text of the bill: <http://thomas.loc.gov>
> Bob Dixon Appointed to DOE Renewable Energy Post
> Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and Assistant Secretary Dan Reicher this
> week appointed Dr. Robert Dixon as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the
> of Power Technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy office that directs
> renewable energy activities. Dixon brings more than 20 years of energy and
> environmental experience with federal agencies, the private sector and
> academia. Alliance president David Nemtzow said "Bob Dixon is a superb
> choice and will serve the renewables and efficiency communities extremely
> well - we congratulate him on his appointment."
> ESPC Barrier May Be Removed
> In a change long sought by the Alliance, a significant barrier to wider
> of Energy Savings Performance Contracts by federal agencies may soon be
> removed. A Senate bill includes language raising the Congressional
> notification threshold for the award of an ESPC. The Alliance is meeting
> with House committees urging them to support the change.
> http://www.ase.org/e-FFICIENCY/espc.htm <http://www.eren.doe.gov/femp/>
> ALLIANCE NEWS
> Electricity Reliability - Alliance Releases White Paper
> The Alliance Policy Team has been working hard to broaden the "supply
> focus of the debate on Capitol Hill over electric system reliability.
> During the July 4 recess, policy staff delivered a letter, fact sheet, and
> copy of a 'white paper' to every member's office that emphasized the
> side of the electricity market and pointed out that demand-side measures
> be instituted more quickly and less expensively than new power plants and
> transmission lines can be built.
> Green Schools West Opens in Los Angeles
> In the wake of the Southern California heat wave causing power
> the Alliance's Green Schools program announces its first effort in
> California. The Green Schools West program will kick off in three school
> districts this fall. In addition to a focus on school energy efficiency,
> this program will have students bring home the efficiency message to their
> Evening with the Stars Convenes Powerhouses of Energy Efficiency
> Progressive change was the fundamental theme at the highly successful
> and reception held June 13. Award winners included the Charles H. Percy
> recipient, Habitat for Humanity, Star of Energy Efficiency winners Toyota
> for their Prius hybrid car, and Denis Hayes, Chairman of the Earth Day
> Network, and Chairman's Award recipient, Dean Langford, president of OSRAM
> Alliance Partners Conduct Successful Mexico Seminar
> By partnering with the Energy Efficiency Industry in Mexico, the Alliance
> helped raise the level of understanding that energy efficiency not only
> makes good business sense but also protects the local and global
> environment. Two industrial energy efficiency seminars were organized this
> summer with long-time partners Comisión Nacional para el Ahorro de Energía
> (CONAE) and Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energía (FIDE) in Altamira and
> Guadalajara. More than 170 representatives from 90 factories learned to
> identify energy-saving opportunities from 14 energy efficiency companies.
> <http://www.ase.org/programs/international/mexico.htm#Two Successful
> HOT LINKS
> New Web Site on International Appliance Standards
> The Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP)
> the launch of its new web site <www.clasponline.org>. This site not only
> shares comprehensive information on energy efficiency standards and
> in countries around the world, but also provides a clearinghouse of
> technical resources and government-based programs for implementing
> and equipment standards and labeling.
> Climate Change Costs - Why Predictions Differ
> A new report commissioned by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
> identifies why economists' predictions of the costs of proposed policies
> vary so widely. Because different models assign varying degrees of
> importance to various factors, understanding the assumptions on which
> they're based will help explain many of the differences in climate policy
> cost projections.
> On A Roll with Energy Star
> Energy Star has been on a roll this summer! There have been many exciting
> events featuring Energy Star. There have also been some new program
> developments you don't want to miss!
> Other Web Sites Worth Visiting
> The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association has a new web address:
> Climate Prediction Center - Excessive Heat Outlooks
> EYE OPENERS
> Toyota Prius Now Greenest Car
> The hybrid Toyota Prius sedan, honored last month by the Alliance to Save
> Energy as a Star of Energy Efficiency, now ranks as the most
> friendly gasoline-powered vehicle on sale in the United States according
> the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). In its Green
> Book: The Environmental Guide to Cars & Trucks, ACEEE adds the Prius to
> early Model Year 2001 ratings posted on the online version of its
> comprehensive environmental guide to all vehicles on the U.S. market. As
> world's first mass-produced hybrid - sold in Japan since December 1997 -
> Prius now joins the Honda Insight as the only two hybrids available in the
> United States.
> No More Gas Guzzling?
> Gasoline consumption in the U.S. has fallen. Average daily consumption
> during the four-week period ending July 28, 2000 was nearly 4 percent less
> than the same period a year ago; average daily consumption for the
> year has fallen 1 percent from last year at this date. This is more
> significant considering that the economy is still robust and that gasoline
> consumption increased by an average 2.5 percent from one year to the next
> during the second half of the 1990s. The likely culprit is, of course,
> higher gasoline prices and it is too early to tell if auto purchase
> and driver behavior will significantly change.
> Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Weekly Petroleum
> U.S. Petroleum Balance Sheet, 4 Weeks Ending 7/28/2000
> Battelle Forecasts Top Ten Energy Innovations for 2010
> Top energy experts at Battelle and the national laboratories it manages
> co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy have forecast the top ten
> energy innovations for 2010. They include: Hybrid vehicles (like the
> Prius), Smart Energy Management Systems that will increase the efficiency
> transportation and will be used in heating, air conditioning, household
> appliances, and business equipment, and fuel cells.
> Sears Selling New Energy Star Clothes Washer
> Sears, Roebuck and Co. announced that it will begin selling a new
> energy-efficiency clothes washer, the Kenmore Elite Calypso. Built by the
> Whirlpool Corporation, this washer is the largest-capacity residential
> washer on the market today, yet its energy- and water-saving features have
> qualified it for the Energy Star label. DOE estimates a family could save
> nearly $100 and 7,100 gallons of water each year by using the washer.
> A Bicycle Built for You: Fuel Cell Bicycle Testing Complete
> Manhattan Scientifics has completed testing of its Hydrocycle, a bicycle
> that operates on a fuel cell. The hydrogen fuel is stored in a two-liter
> carbon fiber pressure vessel located behind the seat. The bicycle,
> to compete with today's battery-powered bicycles, has a range of 70 to 100
> kilometers and a top speed of 30 kilometers per hour.
> EFFICIENCY EVENTS
> Australia's Premier Sustainable Energy Event
> The Sustainable Energy Industry Association in Australia will be hosting
> International Sustainable Energy Exhibition and Convention in Melbourne
> October 31-November 1, 2000.
> For more information: <http://www.seia.com.au/ISEEC.html>
> FEMP Hosts Energy 2000 Workshop
> The Energy 2000 energy efficiency workshop and exposition will be held in
> Pittsburgh, PA August 21-23.
> For more information: <http://www.energy2000.ee.doe.gov>.
> European Commission Holds Energy Efficiency Conference
> The 2nd International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Household
> Appliances and Lighting will be held in Naples, Italy from September
> For more information: <http://www.aiee.org>
> Affordable Comfort Seeks Presenters
> Affordable Comfort, Inc. needs presenters for the Affordable Comfort
> Conference in 2001. Deadline for proposal submissions is August 11, 2000.
> For more information, see the Call for Presenters at
> Canada Energy Efficiency Conference
> Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency will host Canada's
> Energy Efficiency Conference 2000 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from October
> -12, 2000.
> CONTACT US
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> David Nemtzow, President and Executive Publisher, nemtzow@...
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