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Raising the game for energy efficiency

In a March 13, 2013 Op-Ed in The Hill, C. David Meyers, President, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency calls for "federal and state governments to set ambitious, yet achievable, goals for energy efficiency improvements in buildings." Further, he cites industry research that indicates "building energy efficiency retrofits is a nearly $280 billion dollar investment opportunity that can save building owners more than $1 trillion over 10 years."  Below is an excerpt from this commentary.

 “President Barack Obama later this week will focus on his goal to secure America’s energy future with efforts to find new fuel sources, invest in the development of alternative energy and use our resources more efficiently. The cleanest and lowest cost way to meet our energy needs is to consume less. Strong financial paybacks are the biggest incentives for state and federal governments to raise the game by putting the right tools and policies in place to increase investment in energy efficiency, which will save money, produce jobs and reduce carbon pollution.

To raise the bar, federal and state governments should set ambitious, yet achievable, goals for energy efficiency improvements in buildings. Buildings consume approximately 40 percent of U.S. energy. It can be done. For example, at the landmark Empire State Building, built in the early 1930s, the retrofit project underway is on track to achieve a 38 percent reduction in energy consumption with a three-year payback.”

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