The latest research showing how to combat global warming while improving U.S. energy security is pinpointed in a new report co-written by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
“The Twin Pillars of Sustainable Energy: Synergies Between Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology and Policy,” the 53-page report that was funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, was prepared by Bill Prindle and Maggie Eldridge of the ACEEE, and by Mike Eckhardt and Alyssa Frederick of ACORE. It documents the short- and long-run synergies between aggressive investments in energy efficiency and growing purchases of renewable energy as the powerful one-two solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now.
“Efficiency and renewable resources need each other to win the race for clean and secure energy,” said ACEEE Acting Executive Director Bill Prindle. “Efficiency keeps demand growth in check so that renewables can begin to cut emissions and oil imports.”
Using a compilation of resource assessments, policy analysis, and case studies, the report underscores the dangers of energy use growing too fast and the higher hurdles renewable energy development faces without efficiency gains.
“Policies and programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy generally have been sought on separate tracks. This report demonstrates that their agendas can and should be combined to complement the progress each can make toward a shared goal,” Prindle added.
Under realistic technology scenarios and the types of policy commitments that are emerging from many states and Congress, the U.S. can reduce its conventional electricity generation and carbon emissions by almost half in a 20-year timeframe.