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With the national Earth Day 2000 campaign focusing on energy and climate
change, I thought I'd forward this new electronic newsletter from the
Alliance to Save Energy. Perhaps some of you would like to subscribe.


From: Alliance to Save Energy <AlliancetoSaveEnergy@ase.org>
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You are among a select group that is receiving the first edition of the
Alliance to Save Energy's e-FFICIENCY NEWS. We plan to send out six issues
of this electronic newsletter this year and hope you will enjoy receiving
them. We encourage you to forward this message to interested colleagues.

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President's Message

Efficiency News
--Energy Efficiency Gets $775 Million in FY2000 Budget
--Coalition Asks for Attainable Energy-Efficient Home Tax Credit
--Feds Waste $1 Billion Annually on Energy
--Multimedia Home Energy Efficiency Campaign Hits Prime Time
--Pennsylvania Energy Consumers Get Efficiency Choice
--Energy Efficiency Council Established in India
--Ukrainian School Receives Grant from Honeywell
--Don't Get Steamed About Industrial Energy Waste

New and Improved
--Boost Profits With Business Energy Checkup
--Free Energy Efficiency Educator Lesson Plans

Hot Links
--ACEEE Market Transformation Workshop
--Executive Director Needed for Appliance Project
--Other Good Energy Efficiency Sites

Eye Opener
Commercial Sector Getting Gassy



Welcome to the debut issue of e-FFICIENCY NEWS.

Energy efficiency is fundamentally about using technology wisely to
improve the quality of our lives, our national economy, and our global
environment while reducing energy use and costs.

For more than two decades the Alliance has educated
businesspeople, government officials, energy professionals, and the
general public about the compelling reasons to use energy efficiently
and the many opportunities for doing so.

With e-FFICIENCY NEWS, the Alliance taps the power of the
Internet to help in this mission. Our commitment is to provide up-to-
date information about efficiency technologies, markets, research,
and policies, in a format that is convenient and efficient. Please drop

a line to me or to Robert Gluck, the editor of the e-FFICIENCY
NEWS, to let us know what you think.


David M. Nemtzow
President, Alliance to Save Energy



Energy Efficiency Gets $775 Million in FY 2000 Budget

President Clinton backed up his pledge to focus more federal dollars
on promoting energy-efficient technologies and products by asking
for $837.5 million in funding for energy-efficient product research,
development, and deployment at the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE). In addition, Clinton's proposal would dramatically boost
funding for the Energy Star program, which is jointly managed by
DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (the program
uses the Energy Star logo to promote efficient products and educate
consumers about the benefits of energy efficiency).


Straight from the U.S. Department of Energy budget briefing, the
Alliance presents the detailed budget numbers for FY2000, along
with budget requests and final appropriations from five previous


Alliance, Home Builders, Others Ask For Attainable
Energy-Efficient Home Tax Credit

A coalition of energy-efficiency partners sent a letter to President
Clinton prior to his State of the Union address asking for a new
energy-efficient home tax credit set at a level that many home
builders can attain. The Alliance, along with the National Association
of Home Builders and a host of other trade organizations and
companies suggested that homes that are 30 percent more efficient
than the level set by the International Energy Conservation Code be
eligible for the tax credit.

In his State of the Union address, Clinton did propose the creation of
"tax incentives and investment to spur clean energy technology" as
part of a global warming package, and the Administration's FY 2000
budget includes tax credits for fuel-efficient homes and appliances.


Federal Government Wastes $1 Billion Annually on Energy

How good a job is the federal government doing in meeting its own
energy saving goals? Not very well notes "Leading By Example:
Improving Energy Productivity in Federal Government Facilities," a
groundbreaking Alliance report. In fact, the federal government is
wasting $1 billion per year in taxpayer money and failing to comply
with executive orders requiring it to reduce energy use, according to
the report.


Multimedia, Home Energy-Efficiency Campaign
Hits Prime Time TV

National audiences of ABC's most watched sitcom, "The Drew
Carey Show," got an energy-efficiency message this winter,
courtesy of the Alliance's new Home Energy Awareness Campaign.
The animated Home $weet Home TV spots are no stranger to prime
time and top evening programming, having gained a previous
network feed during "NYPD Blue" and a broad swath of coveted local
network affiliate time next to such hit shows as "Ally McBeal," "ER,"
and "Frasier." The TV spots are part of a broader multimedia
campaign highlighting the multiple consumer and environmental
benefits of home energy efficiency.

The multimedia campaign also features Home $weet Home and
Beach Boys radio spots, an animated, interactive consumer web
site with streaming audio and video, free lesson plans for teachers,
and a print collateral consumer booklet, Power$mart: Easy Tips to
Save Money and the Planet.


Home $weet Home TV and Radio Spots:

Alliance Consumer Site:

Pennsylvania Energy Consumers Get Efficiency Choice

How do you encourage the use of "green power" in a state like
Pennsylvania that has limited renewable energy resources and
where customers are now able to choose their energy providers?
The Green-e program, which certifies power products that have at
least 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, is
addressing this problem through energy efficiency. The program
would work like this: power marketers in Pennsylvania would obtain
energy savings by investing in efficiency measures in a given service
area and customer type. These "negawatts" could then be used,
under certain pre-set rules, as part of the marketer's Green-e
certification requirements.


Energy Efficiency Trade Association Launched
in India

The Indian Minister of Power and the Mayor of Delhi hosted the
official launch of the Council of Energy Efficiency Companies of India
in December. The Council, the first national energy efficiency
industry trade association in the world, was created by the Alliance
and the Conserve Society to expand markets for energy-efficiency
products and services in India. The Council's members include
companies throughout India that manufacture or supply energy-
saving products and services.


Honeywell Grant Helps Lviv Students With
Chernobyl-Related, Cardio Diseases

The Honeywell Foundation has given the Alliance a $25,000
humanitarian grant on behalf of the Lviv Boarding School for
Children with Cardiovascular Disease. The grant will be used to
purchase urgently needed medical supplies for the 370 students,
some of who suffer from Chernobyl-related diseases.


Don't Get Steamed About Industrial Energy Waste

According to the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners, two-thirds of all
the fuel burned by U.S. industrial companies is used to generate
steam at a cost of about $21 billion a year (1995 dollars).
Unfortunately, companies often overlook their steam systems as a
powerful opportunity for making efficiency improvements. That is why
the Alliance and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial
Technologies have teamed up to launch Steam Challenge: a new
voluntary technical assistance program to raise awareness of the
economic, energy-saving, and environmental benefits of steam

Learn more about industrial steam efficiency at:

Learn more about Steam Challenge at:

Contact the Steam Challenge Clearinghouse at:
(800) 862-2086 or Steamline@energy.wsu.edu



Boost Profits with Business Energy Checkup

Want to make your business more profitable? A great way to start is
by visiting the Alliance to Save Energy's new interactive web site,
Business Energy Checkup. This free resource can help your
business identify the benefits and costs of a wide range of energy
efficiency options for your building(s). As it guides you through the
five stages of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy
Star Buildings program, Business Energy Checkup shows you a
pathway to reducing operating costs and lowering air pollution


There is a similar program for homes:


Free Educator Lesson Plans
Bring Energy Efficiency to the Classroom

In time for Earth Day on April 22, the Alliance web site offers
elementary and middle school teachers free, multidisciplinary,
hands-on lesson plans centered around energy efficiency and the
environment. Teachers can view the lesson plans online and then
download the ones they like in PDF format.




ACEEE Market Transformation Workshop

With the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
announces its Third Annual Market Transformation Workshop to be
held March 1-2, 1999 at the Washington Marriott Hotel in
Washington, DC. This two-day event, which is being held in
conjunction with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) spring
Program Committee meeting, will focus on cutting-edge issues now
facing market transformation practitioners. It will also refine existing

approaches, expand efforts into new areas, work with new partners,
and develop a vision for the next century.


Executive Director Needed for
Appliance Standards Awareness Project

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE),
the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Natural Resources Defense
Council are seeking an executive director for the Appliance
Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). The executive director will be
an employee of ACEEE but could be located outside of Washington,
DC. For details visit:


Other Web Sites Worth Visiting

Energy Star Programs
www.energystar.gov <http://www.energystar.gov/>

U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC)

Consumer Research Council
Save Money & Save the Environment: A Consumer Guide To
Buying Energy-Efficient Products for the Home
www.buyenergyefficient.org/ <http://www.buyenergyefficient.org/>



Commercial Sector Getting Gassy

The amount of carbon dioxide emissions due to energy used by the
commercial sector (e.g. stores, hotels, restaurants, and government
and non-profit facilities) has increased by 52 million metric tons, or
by almost 30 percent since 1980 to 230.3 million metric tons. This is
the fastest rate of increase in carbon dioxide emissions for any
sector in the United States. Source: Alliance to Save Energy, based on
EIA, Annual Energy Review 1997 Table 12.2



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