Founded in 1977 by Sens. Charles H. Percy (R-Ill.) and Hubert H. Humphrey (D-Minn.), the Alliance to Save Energy (the Alliance) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in Washington, D.C., with a mission to promote energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. For more than 30 years, the Alliance has been at the center of advancing energy efficiency programs and policies in the United States and in more than a dozen other countries.
The Alliance’s role as a collaborative energy efficiency leader is reflected in the breadth of its elected board of directors, its more than 150 public and private associates, and in the extent and nationwide/community outreach of the organizations with which it regularly partners. Examples of Alliance partners include the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state government agencies such as the New York State Energy and Resource Development Authority (NYSERDA), more than 15 state energy offices, utilities, trade associations, corporations and corporate foundations, and many regional and local organizations.
Backstopping the Alliance is a staff of 60 technical and programmatic experts in nearly every sector of energy efficiency. The Alliance has experience in designing, implementing and evaluating programs in energy efficiency financing, building codes and equipment standards, consumer education, industrial efficiency, market transformation, private sector development, and lighting and appliance efficiency. The Alliance is also deeply involved in energy efficiency policy at both the federal and state levels. Alliance staff crafted many provisions contained in the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), a Washington D.C. based 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2007 to advance America’s energy independence and a cleaner, low-carbon environment through expanded use of natural gas, renewables and efficiency. The Foundation has an active policy and research program, and has also produced two documentaries on the risks and rewards associated with shale gas production. In addition, ACSF sponsors energyNow!,a weekly TV news-magazine that focuses on America’s energy challenges and how the country is responding; the show is also available on-line at www.energynow.com.
The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents 202 local energy companies that deliver natural gas throughout the United States. There are nearly 70 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 92 percent – more than 65 million customers – receive their gas from AGA members. AGA is an advocate for natural gas utility companies and their customers, and provides a broad range of programs and services for member natural gas pipelines, marketers, gatherers, international natural gas companies and industry associates. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States’ energy needs.
Today, UC Berkeley is widely known as the preeminent public university in America. Years ago, Berkeley was known as the home of the Free Speech Movement. The Berkeley Blog bridges these two worlds.
We created this interactive site to give voice to the ideas and opinions of our professors in a forum that encourages public comment. Our authors include more than 150 UC Berkeley professors and scholars who will be sharing their thoughts on topical national and global issues. As the nation searches for answers to a litany of burning questions and issues, this site serves as a virtual blackboard for the game-changing ideas pulsing around the campus.
The thoughts expressed here are not that of the University, not official, not predictable, and not of one mind. As in the spirit of the Free Speech Movement, the thoughts expressed here are those of the individual authors.
Ceres (pronounced “series”) is a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. Our mission: Integrating sustainability into capital markets for the health of the planet and its people.
Climate Lab’s mission is to develop web-based tools for knowledge sharing and collaboration that drive action to address climate change. We are a nonpartisan nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that began operation in November, 2008. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Climate Lab relies on support from foundations, government grants, and individual donations.
The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG), is the trade association for companies that provide products and services in the areas of demand response and smart grid technologies.
DRSG is dedicated to educating and providing information to policymakers, utilities, the media, the financial community and stakeholders on how demand response and smart grid technologies can help modernize our electricity system and provide customers with new information and options for managing their electricity use.
DRSG focuses its efforts on three areas: (1) Advocating on behalf of the DR/SG industry; (2) Gathering and providing its members with intelligence, news, and other information; and (3) Working with the trade, financial and general media to raise awareness about this area and to give members of DRSG greater visibility.
Fuel Freedom is a non-partisan campaign dedicated to breaking our oil addiction by removing barriers to competition to promote the development of cheaper, cleaner, American-made fuels. Fuel Freedom means that gasoline, diesel, methanol, natural gas, ethanol and electricity compete on equal footing both at the dealership and at the pump.
Achieving Fuel Freedom will lower fuel prices, create jobs, spur economic growth, reduce pollution, improve national and global security, and eliminate the need to send our sons and daughters to faraway lands to ensure the free flow of oil.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, digital economy and energy innovation issues.
Kilpatrick Townsend is among the world’s leading law firms, with almost 650 attorneys located in 18 offices around the world. We provide legal support and counsel for companies throughout the energy industry. Our attorneys develop partnerships based on knowing our clients’ business as if it were our own and making our clients’ success the measure of our success. Kilpatrick Townsend is committed to leading the way as the evolution of the energy industry unfolds over the coming decades.
The Methanol Institute (MI) serves as the voice of the global methanol industry. As a trade association, MI’s member companies include the principal producers of methanol, as well as methanol distributors, technology companies, and industry suppliers. MI is dedicated to supporting the greater use of methanol as a chemical commodity and a clean energy source for various environmentally beneficial uses.
Increasing global competition for energy resources, growing concern over global climate change, questions about the long-term stability of the Middle Eastern energy supplies and the tremendous progress in new energy technologies all suggest a rapidly changing landscape of energy needs, vulnerabilities, and opportunities.
Responding to these issues, a bipartisan group of 20 of the nation’s leading energy experts – representing the highest ranks of industry, government, academia, labor, consumer and environmental protection – joined together to form the National Commission on Energy Policy.
The Natural Resources Defense Council’s purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.
NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEI’s objective is to ensure the formation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world.
Renewable Energy and International Law (REIL) is an international policy and law network, bringing together the business and finance communities, policymakers, scholars, lawyers, and science and technology experts to create enabling legislative and policy frameworks for clean energy on the international, national and subnational levels.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization. We foster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining.
Our staff shows businesses, communities, individuals, and governments how to create more wealth and employment, protect and enhance natural and human capital, increase profit and competitive advantage, and enjoy many other benefits – largely by doing what they do far more efficiently.
Established in 1996 at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and named in September 2000 in recognition of a generous gift from civic leader Lewis Rudin, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management is currently led by Anthony Shorris.
The Center works with public, private and non-profit partners in supporting innovative research, convening thinkers and policy-makers from around the region and the world, and training students and leaders in the field. It seeks to focus attention on the linkages between transportation policy and other critical regional and national issues such as housing, economic development, energy security, health care, and education.
The Set America Free Coalition brings together prominent individuals and non-profit organizations from across the political spectrum all concerned about the security and economic implications of America’s growing dependence on foreign oil. The Coalition promotes a Blueprint for Energy Security, which aims to break the monopoly of oil in the transportation sector, spelling out practical ways in which real progress toward energy security and fuel choice can be made over the next several years.
The Southern States Energy Board is an interstate compact, comprised of governors and state legislators from sixteen southern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Board’s mission is to promote economic development and enhance the quality of life in the South, through innovations in energy and environmental programs, policies and technologies.
Sullivan & Worcester LLP, a law firm in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv, has a domestic and international practice in matters including climate related business and technology, water resource and conservation, energy and natural resources, pesticides and bioagra, and infrastructure and finance.
TelCoa is a non-profit organization that brings together a diverse array of organizations, companies, and individuals with the common interest of promoting awareness and adoption of existing and emerging telework and telecommuting applications including virtual contact center services. The coalition’s mission is summed up in its tag line, “Enabling virtual, mobile and distributed work through research, education, technology and legislation.”
Third Way is the leading think tank of the moderate wing of the progressive movement. We work with elected officials, candidates, and advocates to develop and advance the next generation of moderate policy ideas. Since our launch in 2005, our policy and communications products as well as our issue trainings have been used extensively in the House and Senate, by governors and by candidates ranging from Barack Obama to those running for Congress.
We believe utilities and consumers must be closely linked to compel efficient and responsible energy and water management. We bring together the diverse stakeholders of electricity, water and gas distribution utilities to promote and share the best practices for innovative metering, communications, utility automation, and data management. We are the premier advocate and industry voice for the advancement of our member’s interests.