Alliance to Save Energy

Alliance to Save Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition consisting largely of industrial, technological, and energy corporations. The Alliance states that its mission is to "support energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocate energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate." [ [ Alliance to Save Energy - Promoting Energy Efficiency World Wide: About Us ] ] The Alliance's chief activities include public relations, research, and lobbying [ [ Lobbying Spending Database: Agencies lobbied for by Alliance to Save Energy, 2001 ] ] to change U.S. energy policy.

Member Organizations

Corporations and associations who make financial or in-kind contributions are "Alliance Members", of which there are more than 150. The Alliance categorizes these organizations into tiers, with the largest contributors earning the designation of "Founder-level associate", listed below [ [ Alliance to Save Energy - Promoting Energy Efficiency World Wide: Associates: Profiles ] ] [ [ Alliance to Save Energy - Promoting Energy Efficiency World Wide: Associates ] ] :

* 3M Company
* Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)
* Andersen Corporation
* Bank of America
* BC Hydro
* Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
* BP America, Inc.
* City of Austin/Austin Energy
* Conservation Services Group (CSG)
* Dell Inc.
* The Dow Chemical Company
* Exelon Corporation
* Exxon Mobil
* Florida Power & Light
* The Home Depot
* Johns Manville
* New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
* North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)
* Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
* Panasonic
* Philips Lighting Company
* Procter and Gamble
* Sempra Energy
* Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.
* Southern California Edison (SCE)
* Southern Company
* Trane
* Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
* Washington Gas
* Whirlpool Corporation
* White & Case, LLP

Support of 2007 Clean Energy Bill

In 2007, Alliance to Save Energy came out in support of the Clean Energy Bill of 2007 [ [ Alliance to Save Energy - Promoting Energy Efficiency World Wide: News: Alliance to Save Energy Hails Efficiency-Focused Senate Energy Bill, But Laments Lack of Tax Incentives ] ] [ [ Green Bay Press-Gazette - Congress' energy bill phasing out traditional light bulbs ] ] [ [ A U.S. Alliance to Update the Light Bulb - New York Times ] ] , which phases out the use of incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). The purchase price of a CFL is typically higher then the purchase price of an incandescent. However, the low energy consumption and long life span of CFLs result in lower life-cycle costs than their incandescent counterparts. Several of the founding member corporations (including Philips, Panasonic, and Sylvania) are manufacturers of CFL bulbs. However, all of these corporations are also manufacturers of the incandescent light bulbs that will be phased out of production following passage of the Clean Energy Bill of 2007.


Since its inception in 1977, the Alliance has been involved in the major energy-related developments affecting the United States and the rest of the world. The timeline below shows how world events and Alliance accomplishments have intersected over the past three decades.

1977Senators Charles Percy and Hubert Humphrey create the Alliance to Save Energy.

"'1978"Alliance's first national TV ad campaign - the alliance mounts national TV public service advertising campaign. Gregory Peck promotes energy conservation by declaring "Don't Blow It America." Donated air time of US$175 million gets the message into millions of American living rooms.

1979Energy future arrives - Alliance Board member Robert Stobaugh's Energy Future popularizes a new solution to energy woes - energy efficiency.

1981The Alliance restructures its approach - following President Ronald Reagan's drastic reductions in federal efficiency activities, the alliance adapts by initiating new research programs and pilot demonstrations that outline innovative methods to promote energy efficiency in private markets.

1982Alliance promotes the adoption of utility demand-side management - the alliance designs the first methodology to evaluate efficiency as an energy resource for Arkansas Power & Light.

1984Alliance explores the use of energy-saving performance contracting - the alliance designs workbooks and hosts seminars on innovative, private sector financing techniques for energy-efficiency projects.

Alliance-promoted legislation shifts energy assistance funds to energy conservation - pushed by chairman Senator John Heinz, alliance-promoted legislation is enacted that allows governors to shift fuel assistance funds into energy-efficiency upgrades in low-income homes. To date, this legislation has moved nearly $2.5 billion into energy-efficiency investments.Fact|date=March 2008

1991Alliance slams poor federal energy performance, citing what it says is the federal government's poor performance in reducing energy use in the government's own facilities - wasting more than $1 billion annually of taxpayers' money - and works closely with the energy industry allies to propose legislative response.Fact|date=March 2008

1993Alliance creates new organizations to address emerging issues - beginning in 1993, the alliance spurred the creation of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the Building Codes Assistance Project, the Export Council for Energy Efficiency, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, and the Hungarian Energy Consumers Association. The alliance launches an international program forprojects in Russia, Ukraine, Central Europe, Mexico, Ghana, and China.

1994The alliance undertakes educational and market development export missions to Mexico, followed by ones to Portugal and China with intent to create American jobs while promoting a cleaner global environment.Fact|date=March 2008

1995The alliance initiates a new television and radio public service campaign to increase public awareness of the importance of energy efficiency in saving the earth, jobs, and money.

1996Alliance helps negotiate national standards for new refrigerators, which will increase their energy efficiency by 30 percent.Fact|date=March 2008

1998The alliance's public outreach campaign scores multiple successes including three animated television spots that garner $2.2 million in broadcast time in 49 states; four radio spots airing in 45 states; the Power$mart consumer booklet; an animated, interactive consumer web site; and a new educator web site with free energy lesson plans. The campaign earns a National Energy Resources Organization award for public education.Fact|date=March 2008

The alliance launches the Steam Challenge and the Steam Challenge Clearinghouse in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy.

1999Spurred by the alliance's report, "Leading By Example: Improving Energy Productivity in Federal Government Facilities", President Bill Clinton issues an executive order calling for the federal government to reduce its energy use 35 percent by 2010 compared to 1985 levels. The order also calls for the government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2010.Fact|date=March 2008

Alliance, along with International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, form the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) to promote efficiency standards and labels in developing and transitional countries.

2000Energy-efficiency funding promoted by the alliance increases to its highest point - $814 million - since the beginnings of the first Reagan Administration including a 30 percent increase in ENERGY STAR programs.Fact|date=March 2008

The alliance helps negotiate a rule with the Department of Energy that will increase the efficiency of washing machines by 35 percent by 2007, saving more than four quads of energy.Fact|date=March 2008

2001U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, former CIA Chief James Woolsey, and others speak at the alliance’s first Summit on Energy Efficiency, which spotlights energy security.

2002Alliance launches Energy Action Center online tool to raise awareness among people interested in supporting a secure, energy-efficient world. It enables users to sign petitions and interact directly with legislators.

Humorous Static Electricity House TV public service ad (PSA) is judged and voted the #2 greatest commercial in the world (CBS World's Greatest Commercials); also featured on ABC and BBC best commercials shows.Fact|date=March 2008

2004Alliance introduces “Vision 2010” plan to reduce predicted increases in U.S. energy demand by 10 percent by 2010.

2006Following the most active hurricane season in recorded history, the alliance hosts inaugural summit on energy efficiency and climate change in Washington, DC.

Board of directors

The board includes CEOs, presidents and senior executives of companies, associations, consumer and environmental organizations, as well as officials from state government, universities and law firms.

The first high-profile board of directors and board of advisors were chaired by Senator Percy and the Honorable Henry A. Kissinger, respectively. Honorary chairmen include Senators Daniel J. Evans, the late H. John Heinz III and Timothy E. Wirth.

The current board is chaired by Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) and co-chaired by James E. Rogers, president and CEO of Duke Energy. Congressional vice-chairs include Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Susan Collins (R-ME), Larry Craig (R-ID), Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Representatives Ralph Hall (R-TX), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Zach Wamp (R-TN). Alliance President Kateri Callahan took office on January 1, 2004.

See also

*Environmental and Energy Study Institute
*Energy conservation
*Global warming
*Earth Science
*Natural environment
*Conservation Movement


External links

* [ The Drive $marter Challenge]
* [ Alliance to Save Energy website]
* [ Interview with Alliance to Save Energy president, Kateri Callahan]

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