Our Thinking

Announcing a plan to double US energy productivity by 2030

  • By Alex Laskey
  • February 7, 2013

Earlier today, I joined a diverse coalition of energy leaders to unveil a set of recommendations designed to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

Chaired by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and National Grid U.S. President Tom King, the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy calls for growing the U.S. economy through investments, modernization and education. These efforts will focus on improving the entire energy system, including buildings, transportation, manufacturing, power generation, and natural gas infrastructure.

If the Commission’s energy productivity plan is adopted, by 2030 the U.S. could: 

  • Add 1.3 million jobs
  • Cut average household energy costs by more than $1,000 a year
  • Save American businesses $169 billion a year
  • Increase GDP by up to 2%
  • Decrease energy imports by more than $100 billion a year
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by one-third

Energy efficiency has a long and consistent history of bipartisan support and consensus – from vehicle, equipment and appliance standards, to building energy codes and tax incentives for homeowners and businesses.

I’m excited and honored to be part of a group that is committed to finding smart, common sense policies that benefit families and businesses, and prioritize our cleanest and most affordable domestic resource, energy efficiency.

Other commissioners, seen in the photo below, include: Former New York Governor George E. Pataki; Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director of Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Michael Eckhart, Managing Director & Global Head of Environmental Finance & Sustainability, Citigroup. 

ASE Commission

Alex Laskey is the President and Co-Founder of Opower.

About Our Thinking

Our Thinking is just that: it’s the place to find out what’s going on right now in the Opower universe. We discuss current perspectives, opinions, ideas, achievements, and events in the burgeoning fields of energy information, data analytics, and utility customer engagement.