SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Energy Efficiency in the South
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on opportunities to improve energy efficiency in the South, and its potential impact on energy prices, job creation, water use, and carbon emissions. The briefing will focus on the results of a new study which finds that aggressive energy efficiency initiatives in the South could create 223,000 new jobs and reduce energy bills by $41 billion in the region in 2020. Furthermore, energy consumption could be held flat over the next 20 years (as opposed to the forecasted 15 percent growth), meaning nearly 25 gigawatts (GW) of older power plants could be retired and 50 GW of new plants could be avoided. Avoided power generation also translates to significant savings of freshwater — more than 20 billion gallons in 2030, according to the study.
Speakers for this event include:
- Marilyn Brown, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology; co-lead of Energy Efficiency in the South
- Etan Gumerman, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University; co-lead of Energy Efficiency in the South
- John Wilson, Research Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Energy Efficiency in the South analyzed the impacts of nine policies, including residential building codes and weatherization assistance, appliance and equipment standards, building retrofit incentives, and combined heat and power incentives, among others. The South was defined to include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The region accounts for 36 percent of the country’s population and 44 percent of the nation’s energy use. It is the fastest growing region and has the greatest dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation in the nation.
This briefing is free and open to the public. No RSVP required for Congressional staff.
Non-Congressional staff must RSVP to Erin Lane at erin_lane [at] cascadeassociates.net.