American Power Act of 2010
Three Studies All Find that Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits Can be Met without Harming the U.S. Economy
<p>On Tuesday June 15, 2010, three studies were released on the impacts of the <a href="/topics/american-power-act-2010">American Power Act (APA)</a> as developed by Senators Kerry and Lieberman. The three studies also integrated in all or many aspects of the <a href="/topics/acela">American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA)</a> as developed by the Senate Energy Committee. All three studies found that impacts of this bill on the U.S. economy would be minimal.
<p>This morning ACEEE released <a href="/press/2010/06/enhancing-energy-efficiency-provisions-pending-energy-cl">a report</a> analyzing the <a href="/topics/american-power-act-2010">American Power Act (APA)</a>, introduced by Sens. <a href="http://kerry.senate.gov">Kerry</a> and <a href="http://lieberman.senate.gov/">Lieberman</a>.
Enhancing Energy Efficiency Provisions in Pending Energy & Climate Legislation Will Create Jobs, Save Consumers Money, & Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence
Washington, D.C. — A report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) at a Capitol Hill press conference with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) shows that the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act (APA) and the Senate Energy Committee’s American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA), while taking a significant stride in the right direction, could benefit from even stronger energy efficiency measures to create additional American jobs and consumer savings.
<p>Since the release of the draft of the <a href="http://kerry.senate.gov/americanpoweract/intro.cfm">American Power Act</a> (APA or Kerry-Lieberman), ACEEE has been looking at the industrial provisions in the bill.
Washington, D.C. — The compromise Kerry-Lieberman proposal released today misses out on a key opportunity to address the cost of curbing climate change by including little on energy efficiency — the first, best, and least-cost carbon-reduction opportunity. The Kerry-Lieberman proposal does much less for energy efficiency than previous major climate change bills. Relative to the climate bills passed by the House and reported out by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, two major energy efficiency provisions have been dramatically reduced.
ACEEE continues to work hard on efficiency policies at the federal level and has made some progress, but the big question is whether a comprehensive federal energy and/or climate change bill will be able to move forward this year.