Moniz vows to tackle energy efficiency
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
Just hours after being sworn in as the newest U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz affirmed that energy efficiency will be a major focus of his policy agenda.
Moniz addressed industry professionals at Tuesday's EE Global Conference in Washington, D.C., championing the goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.
"Efficiency is going to be a big focus as we go forward," he said, to wide applause.
He emphasized the importance of the demand side, as well as states and regions in meeting these goals. More specifically, Moniz highlighted four U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) agenda items that will contribute to energy-efficiency improvements:
- Addressing energy-efficiency standards with an early focus on clearing the backlog of pending standards at the federal level.
- Continuing to push for aggressive fuel economy benchmarks that will help reduce reliance on oil and spur development of hybrid vehicles.
- Boosting manufacturing efficiencies by making U.S. manufacturing more competitive on a global scale and using more environmentally friendly materials.
- Moving ahead with building-efficiency measures and federal green building initiatives such as the Better Buildings Challenge.
Moniz added that he is determined to fulfill the Obama Administration's 2011 goal of issuing $2 billion in energy savings performance contracts (ESPC), which help federal facilities become more efficient.
In closing, Moniz said he hopes to gain insight from the industry regarding how to help these efforts become reality.