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      > From: AlliancetoSaveEnergy@...
      > Date: 2001/03/26 Mon PM 12:52:38 CST
      > To: e-fficiencynews@...
      > Subject: March e-FFICIENCY NEWS
      >
      > WELCOME TO e-FFICIENCY NEWS
      >
      > The monthly newsletter from the
      > Alliance to Save Energy
      >
      > February 2001 Vol. 7 No. 3
      >
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > CONTENTS
      >
      > WE NEED YOUR HELP
      > * How Can We Better Meet Your Needs?
      > * CALL TO ACTION
      > * Alliance Activists Can Make a Difference
      > * EFFICIENCY NEWS
      > * Senator Bingaman, Democrats, Introduce Centrist Energy Bill
      > * Secretary Abraham Looks for Energy in Wrong Places
      > * Democratic Task Force Weighs in on Bush Budget
      > * Senate Hearing Examines Energy-Environmental Relationship
      > * Financial Guru to Investors: Insulate; NAIMA Debuts New Consumer Web
      > Site
      > * IPCC: Energy Efficiency is Key in Mitigating Climate Change
      > * Barriers to Energy Efficiency In Public, Private Organizations
      > * State of the World Report
      > * List Your Company in Two New CA Directories
      > * Dallas Cleans the Air with the IECC Energy Code
      > * Alliance Associates Honored with Awards
      > * ALLIANCE NEWS
      > * Alliance Offers Earth Day, Tax, Home Improvement Tips to Save Money
      > * Special Issue of e-FFICIENCY NEWS to Analyze Federal Budget
      > * EYE OPENERS
      > * Energy Efficiency Facts Even Children Can Understand
      > * Schools Spending on Energy
      > * Save the Planet, Spare Your Wallet
      > * EFFICIENCY EVENTS
      > * Change in Location for National Energy Modeling System/Annual Energy
      > Outlook Conference March 27
      > * NAESCO’s 2001 Mid-Year Conference May 22-24
      > * Peak Load Management Conference April 30-May 1
      > * Environmental Film Festival April 5-8
      > * Energy Efficiency Workshop, Exposition June 3-6
      > * Pacific Gas and Electric RFP
      > * EFFICIENCY PEOPLE
      > * Energy Job Openings
      >
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > WE NEED YOUR HELP
      >
      > How Can We Better Meet Your Needs?
      >
      > This year, e-FFICIENCY NEWS has a new editor and a new production schedule.
      > First, e-FFICIENCY NEWS has upgraded from a bimonthly to a monthly
      > newsletter. In order to make e-FFICIENCY NEWS more responsive, more
      > interactive, and more useful, we need your help. Please fill out a brief
      > survey and tell us how to make e-FFICIENCY NEWS better fit your needs.
      >
      > The survey can be found at:
      > www.ase.org/e-FFICIENCY/e-fnsurvey.htm
      > <http://www.ase.org/e-FFICIENCY/e-fnsurvey.htm>
      >
      > Gadi Nevo Ben-Yehuda
      > e-DITOR, e-FFICIENCY NEWS
      > The Alliance to Save Energy
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > CALL TO ACTION
      >
      > Alliance Activists Can Make a Difference
      >
      > As the country deals with a mounting energy crisis, the Department of Energy
      > (DOE) may be planning an estimated 30-35 percent cut in the energy
      > efficiency and renewable energy research and development programs budget.
      > The Alliance calls on all responsible citizens to encourage the
      > administration to do the right thing. Becoming an Alliance Activist is the
      > first step.
      >
      > Become an Alliance Activist:
      > <http://www.ase.org/takeaction/activist>
      >
      > Read the Alliance information page and send a letter to President Bush:
      > <http://www.ase.org/takeaction/alert03-16.htm>
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > EFFICIENCY NEWS
      >
      > Senator Bingaman, Democrats, Introduce Centrist Energy Bill
      >
      > Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and
      > Natural Resources Committee and Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy,
      > introduced comprehensive legislation to shape the nation's energy policy.
      > ``If we want to tackle [our energy] problem[s] head-on, we need a
      > comprehensive plan that commits to increasing domestic production and to
      > using energy more efficiently throughout the economy. I believe this
      > legislation sets out that plan," Bingaman said.
      >
      > Read more:
      > www.senate.gov/~bingaman/ <http://www.senate.gov/~bingaman/>
      >
      > Read Alliance President David Nemtzow’s response:
      > www.ase.org/media/newsrel/bingdaschnrg.htm
      > <http://206.112.76.171/media/newsrel/bingdaschnrg.htm>
      >
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Secretary Abraham Looks for Energy in Wrong Places
      >
      > Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, addressing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
      > noted: “America faces a major energy supply crisis over the next two
      > decades.” But Abraham, like President Bush, is looking mainly to increase
      > our supply of oil, coal, and natural gas, rather than approach both the
      > supply and demand sides of the issue. Secretary Abraham mentioned energy
      > efficiency only once in his entire speech, even though a reduction in demand
      > is the quickest, cleanest, cheapest (and most reliable!) energy source at
      > our disposal.
      >
      > Read Secretary Abraham’s remarks:
      > www.energy.gov/HQDocs/speeches/2001/marss/energy_speech.html
      > <http://www.energy.gov/HQDocs/speeches/2001/marss/energy_speech.html>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Democratic Task Force Weighs in on Bush Budget
      >
      > Last week, House Democrats threw their hat into the ring as the Democratic
      > Caucus Energy Task Force held a news conference decrying Bush Administration
      > intentions to cut energy research significantly in their FY 2002 budget.
      > The Alliance is quoted in their report, which emphasizes the role of
      > research and development in providing long-term energy solutions.
      >
      > Read the report:
      > www.house.gov/house/orgs_pub_hse_ldr_www.html
      > <http://www.house.gov/house/orgs_pub_hse_ldr_www.html>
      > Click on Democratic Leadership.
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Senate Hearing Examines Energy-Environmental Relationship
      >
      > Alliance president David Nemtzow testified at a March 21 Senate Environment
      > Committee Subcommittee hearing on the relationship of energy policies and
      > environmental policies. Nemtzow pointed out that energy efficiency is now
      > our nation’s second largest energy source. He also offered a series of
      > recommendations for the Senators simultaneously to promote energy and
      > environmental goals.
      >
      > For a copy of the oral version of his testimony and charts:
      > www.ase.org/policy/testimony/march2101.htm
      > <http://www.ase.org/policy/testimony/march2101.htm>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Financial Guru to Investors: Insulate; NAIMA Debuts New Consumer Web Site
      >
      > Parade Magazine February 18 personal finance writer Andrew Tobias advises
      > readers “How to Invest in Uncertain Times.” His great home improvement
      > invest tip: “Earn 50 percent or more [on your investment] installing
      > insulation and weather-stripping to cut your heating and air-conditioning
      > costs”
      >
      > To educate consumers, the North American Insulation Manufacturer’s
      > Association (NAIMA) has launched a radio campaign and a new consumer web
      > site with a quiz to determine what your "IQ" is - your Insulation Quotient.
      > Also on their new consumer site is a “savings calculator.”
      >
      > Take the quiz and see the consumer information at:
      > <http://www.simplyinsulate.com/>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > IPCC: Energy Efficiency is Key in Mitigating Climate Change
      >
      > The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third and
      > final volume of its Third Assessment Report on climate change, which
      > examines climate change mitigation strategies and places a heavy emphasis on
      > using energy wisely. The report finds that energy efficiency for buildings,
      > transportation, and industry could account for more than half of the
      > potential greenhouse gas reductions achievable by 2020. Natural gas
      > technologies, more efficient power plant technologies, and combined heat and
      > power play an important role in reducing fossil energy power plant
      > emissions. And "low-carbon energy systems," such as renewable energy, can
      > also make an important contribution. Perhaps equally important is the
      > finding that there is "no single path to a low emission future."
      >
      > Read more:
      > www.unep.ch/ipcc/ <http://www.unep.ch/ipcc/>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Barriers to Energy Efficiency In Public, Private Organizations
      >
      > There is a gap between the opportunities for cost-effective energy-
      > efficiency investment identified in energy models and the levels actually
      > seen in practice, according to SPRU, a science and technology policy
      > research group in England. The origins of the gap are claimed to lie in a
      > series of barriers, such as lack of capital, lack of information or hidden
      > costs, which prevent markets for energy and energy-using technologies from
      > operating efficiently. SPRU says that understanding the size and nature of
      > this gap is essential if policies to mitigate climate change through
      > improved energy efficiency are to be successful. These policies must succeed
      > in the context of liberalizing energy markets and increasing interest in the
      > development of a broadly based energy service industry.
      >
      > Read more:
      > www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/environment/research/barriers.html
      > <http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/environment/research/barriers.html>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > State of the World Report
      >
      > From the thinning of the Arctic sea ice to the invasion of the
      > mosquito-borne West Nile virus, the Worldwatch Institute's State of the
      > World 2001 shows how the economic boom of the last decade has damaged
      > natural systems. The report takes a fresh look at the most difficult
      > challenge the world faces: how to build an environmentally sustainable
      > economy before we do permanent damage to the natural systems that support
      > our global civilization.
      >
      > Read more:
      > secure.worldwatch.org/cgi-bin/wwinst/SOW01P
      > <http://secure.worldwatch.org/cgi-bin/wwinst/SOW01P>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > List Your Company in Two New CA Directories
      >
      > The California Energy Commission is currently putting together The 2001
      > Energy Technology Export Directory of California Companies
      > and the U.S. Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Technology Export Directory
      > 2001. Listing your company in either directory is free of charge. In
      > addition, Spanish language versions of the paperback, compact disc, and an
      > online interactive directory will be produced later in 2001.
      >
      > Read more:
      > www.energy.ca.gov/export/notices/2001-02-01_notice.html
      > <http://www.energy.ca.gov/export/notices/2001-02-01_notice.html>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Dallas Cleans the Air with the IECC Energy Code
      >
      > The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) voted this month to
      > adopt the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for the Dallas
      > region. This area accounts for almost 50,000 housing starts a year, more
      > than are built in 42 states. One of the main reasons for adopting the code
      > is the area's commitment to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions as part of the
      > Texas state plan for controlling smog. Since the IECC contains a new
      > standard for reducing window solar heat gain, which reduces air conditioning
      > energy use substantially, it cuts NOx emissions from the power plants that
      > serve the air conditioning load. The Alliance supported Public Citizen, the
      > Texas Building Energy Institute, the Sustainable Living Alliance, NCTCOG
      > staff, and others in this effort, working with the Building Codes Assistance
      > Project and Alliance Associates.
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Alliance Associates Honored with Awards
      >
      > Many Alliance Associates were honored at the 2001 Energy Star Awards
      > Ceremony, hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the
      > Department of Energy. Additionally, the Industrial Energy Technology
      > Conference (IETC) has selected Alliance Associate Owens Corning for a
      > prestigious award for outstanding contributions to industrial energy
      > efficiency and environmental stewardship.
      >
      > For a complete list of Energy Star award winners:
      > www.epa.gov/nrgystar/pdf/winners_2001.pdf
      > <http://www.epa.gov/nrgystar/pdf/winners_2001.pdf>
      > Read more about the IETC award:
      > www-esl.tamu.edu/ietc/ <http://www-esl.tamu.edu/ietc/>
      >
      > For more information, email Malcolm Verdict at
      > mverdict@... <mailto:mverdict@....>.
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > ALLIANCE NEWS
      >
      >
      > Alliance Offers Earth Day, Tax, Home Improvement Tips to Save Money
      >
      > Amidst a backdrop of soaring energy prices and electricity reliability
      > problems as Earth Day 2001 dawns April 22, consumers are also dealing with
      > income tax returns and home improvements to get ready for summer. The
      > Alliance to Save Energy offers consumers tips on how to "earn" money by
      > investing in energy-efficiency improvements in their homes and
      > simultaneously reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions with little
      > effort.
      >
      > Read more:
      > www.ase.org/media/newsrel/earthdaytips.htm
      > <http://www.ase.org/media/newsrel/earthdaytips.htm>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Special Issue of e-FFICIENCY NEWS to Analyze Federal Budget
      >
      > The first federal budget proposed by the Bush Administration is due on or
      > about April 3. Shortly after, the Alliance to Save Energy’s Policy Team
      > will post a detailed analysis on the Alliance web site and will be covered
      > in a special issue e-FFICIENCY NEWS.
      >
      > For Alliance policy news:
      > www.ase.org/policy <http://www.ase.org/policy>
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > EYE OPENERS
      >
      > Energy Efficiency Facts Even Children Can Understand
      >
      > A vacant house at 55 Fahrenheit uses more energy for heating than an
      > occupied one at 68 Fahrenheit, according to GPU Energy. The activity in an
      > occupied house radiates a certain amount of heat and some of the energy
      > users in your home are still operating while you areaway. Designed
      > specifically for teachers and students, the GPU website features
      > energy-related games, activities, experiments, downloadable teaching
      > modules, and lesson plans on a variety of energy, electrical safety, energy
      > conservation, and environment-related topics.
      >
      > Read more:
      > www.gpukids.com <http://www.gpukids.com/>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Schools Spending on Energy
      >
      > Did you know that schools spend more on energy than on computers and
      > textbooks combined? For more facts about energy and energy efficiency,
      > visit:
      > www.ase.org/consumer/didyouknow/ <http://www.ase.org/consumer/didyouknow/>
      >
      > For more on schools and energy efficiency, visit:
      > www.ase.org/greenschools <http://www.ase.org/greenschools>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Save the Planet, Spare Your Wallet
      >
      > How much do you know about reducing water and energy consumption in the
      > home? Take Environmental News Network’s (ENN) home energy and water
      > efficiency quiz and learn new ways to save money and the planet:
      > www.enn.com/news/enn-stories/2001/03/03162001/homequiz_42465.asp?site=email
      > <http://www.enn.com/news/enn-stories/2001/03/03162001/homequiz_42465.asp?sit
      > e=email>
      >
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > EFFICIENCY EVENTS
      >
      > Change in Location for National Energy Modeling System/Annual Energy Outlook
      > Conference March 27
      >
      > J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.
      >
      > For information about the conference, visit:
      > www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/aeo/conf <http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/aeo/conf>
      > If you have questions about registration or other conference information,
      > please contact one of:
      > Susan Holte at 202/586-4838 or susan.holte@...
      > <mailto:susan.holte@...>
      > Peggy Wells at 202/586-0109 or peggy.wells@...
      > <mailto:peggy.wells@...>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > NAESCO’s 2001 Mid-Year Conference May 22-24
      >
      > Register online or view agenda at
      > www.naesco.org/ <http://www.naesco.org/>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Peak Load Management Conference April 30-May 1
      >
      > The Role of Demand Response Programs: Keeping the Grid Operating will focus
      > on the future of demand response programs.
      >
      > Read more:
      > www.peaklma.com/spring2001.html <http://www.peaklma.com/spring2001.html>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Environmental Film Festival April 5-8
      >
      > Join environmental activists, media makers, educators, scientists, public
      > officials, and funders for the third annual Hazel Wolf Environmental Film
      > Festival.
      >
      > Read more:
      > <http://www.hazelfilm.org/>
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Energy Efficiency Workshop, Exposition June 3-6
      >
      > ”New Horizons - Solutions for the 21st Century,” sponsored by Federal Energy
      > Management Program, meets in Kansas City, MO, June 3-6. to help government
      > and private sector energy managers do their jobs better by showing the
      > latest strategies, products, and resources available.
      >
      > For more information:
      > www.energy2001.ee.doe.gov/ <http://www.energy2001.ee.doe.gov/>
      >
      > To register, call
      > 800/395-8574 or
      > 321/638-1014
      >
      > --------------------------------
      >
      > Pacific Gas and Electric RFP
      >
      > Pacific Gas & Electric Company is seeking third-party proposals that target
      > Underserved and Hard-to-Reach market sectors
      >
      > Please contact Sharon Stone at 415-973-4388 for bid package.
      > Bids must be returned by 2pm Wednesday, April 11, 2001.
      > More Information:
      > www.pge.com/purchasing <http://www.pge.com/purchasing>
      > Click on Bid Opportunities,
      > or more directly,
      > www.pge.com/009_about/009b1_bid_oppt.shtml
      > <http://www.pge.com/009_about/009b1_bid_oppt.shtml>
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > EFFICIENCY PEOPLE
      >
      >
      > Energy Job Openings
      >
      > Looking for a position in the energy nonprofit field? There are several
      > positions available, including:
      >
      > Alliance to Save Energy
      > Development Associate
      >
      > <http://www.ase.org/about/humanr.htm>
      >
      > The American Council for an
      > Energy-Efficient Economy
      > Energy Policy Director
      >
      > <http://www.aceee.org/>
      >
      > ********************************
      >
      > CONTACT US
      >
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      > listings by name and by area of expertise.
      >
      > http://www.ase.org/about/staff.htm
      >
      > --------------------------------
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