WHO WE ARE
Over the next year, the U.S. Department of Energy, Council on Competitiveness and Alliance to Save Energy are joining forces to undertake Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030, an initiative aimed at increasing U.S. energy productivity.
This effort supports the President’s goal to double U.S. energy productivity over 2010 levels by 2030. Doubling U.S. energy productivity – or getting twice as much economic output from each unit of energy – is an ambitious, yet attainable, goal that will greatly increase the competitiveness of our economy.
While increasing energy productivity will require investments in all sectors of the economy, the investments will stimulate innovation, optimize domestic industry practices, support domestic energy production and bolster job creation. Doubling energy productivity means powering more homes, going more places, and running more manufacturing plants using less energy. Simply put, it means making more money and improving well-being.
Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 will bring together national leaders through a series of dialogues to co-create a roadmap for achieving our shared goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity. The initiative also will build momentum and support for energy productivity by garnering endorsements of the President’s goal and catalyzing action at all levels of government and in the private sector.
BUILDING ON EXISTING EFFORTS
Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 builds on the existing partner efforts by co-creating new pathways to double our nation’s energy productivity by 2030.
The U.S. Department of Energy supports improving energy productivity through work across our economy. DOE provides resources and technical assistance to businesses and state and local governments interested in strategies for getting more economic output and lowering energy costs. Through research in more efficient energy production, transmission, buildings and transportation technologies, DOE is helping to develop new strategies to spur innovation without spiking energy use.
In 2012 the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance) formed the National Commission on Energy Efficiency Policy to identify solutions for increasing U.S. energy productivity and aid in jump-starting the economy.
Based on findings from the Commission’s initial research reports, they established an ambitious goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. The Commission then worked for a year to identify the most impactful bipartisan energy policy solutions to move America forward to achieving this goal. The result of their effort is Energy 2030, a set of energy policy recommendations that urges policymakers at all levels of government – local, state and federal – to take action. The Alliance has been working with stakeholders in the public and private sectors to encourage implementation of the Commission’s recommendations.
Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 also builds on the Council on Competitiveness (Council)’s long history in advancing U.S. productivity growth and prosperity for all Americans, exploring the frontiers of future competitiveness challenges, mapping the risks of inaction and the emerging opportunities for innovation, and co-creating strategies and action agendas to shape an ever more prosperous, inclusive economic future for America.
Through several initiatives, including the Energy Security, Innovation, & Sustainability initiative, the National Innovation Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative, and the bridging of energy and manufacturing in the American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership – a 3-year partnership between the Council and the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative – the Council has built a long history, of working with forward-looking leaders to set an action agenda to drive U.S. competitiveness.