A Washington think tank is calling for the creation of a national energy efficiency resource standard to accompany a number of other environmental initiatives currently being considered.
According to the Center for American Progress, a national EERS would require utilities to meet specific electricity and natural gas reductions. The center goes on to explain that the savings would be measured with credits that can be earned through things like documented demand reduction for energy, distribution of high-efficiency energy and the use of combined heat and power systems.
The center estimates that a national standard could help create 222,000 jobs while preventing 262 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and making the construction of 390 new power plants unnecessary.
Along with those savings, the group cites the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy as projecting potential savings of $168.6 billion for consumers in the form of less electrical and natural gas usage.
The group also notes that the chairman of the House Energy Committee, Henry Waxman, may include EERS language with his forthcoming global warming bill.
Washington Energy Services – http://www.washingtonenergy.com/articles/article/719/lawmakers-may-consider-national-energy-efficiency-standard