Biggest Energy Saving Project in Uncertain Territory

February 04 2009 / by amisampat
Category: Environment   Year: 2009   Rating: 5 Hot

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In his last days of office, Bush and his administration proposed a lighting efficiency policy which would help save energy and money. The Obama administration must now look over the proposal and issue the finals standards by the end of June. The proposal outlines the covering of florescent tube lamps and cone-shaped reflector lamps which are abundant in offices and homes. This would be the largest energy saving project in history of the U.S.

If followed through, by the year 2042, the savings would be drastic: 9.6 quadrillion BTUs of energy, $39.7 billion spent on energy, and 509 million metric tons of CO2. While these figures look promising, the proposal would cause more money and energy lost than saved.

High savings would lead to net additional savings of 6.2 quadrillion BTUs in energy, $25.6 billion spent on energy, and 290 million metric tons of CO2. That is a drastic amount of energy and not to mention, consumers' money.

The administration is allowed to add a new rule which will help broaden the outcomes of the proposal. The lighting standard is just one of the twenty five energy related proposals the Obama administration must complete in the next four (or eight) years.

The Obama administration must now look over the proposal and issue the finals standards by the end of June. The administration is allowed to add a new rule which will help broaden the outcomes of the proposal. The lighting standard is just one of the twenty five energy related proposals the Obama administration must complete in the next four (or possibly eight) years.

Despite being given a faulty proposal, Obama has high hopes to reduce the energy use in this country. He is devoted to lowering the electricity use by 15% by the year 2020.

Obama Administration's Vision of a Smarter Grid

President Obama is in talks with CEOs from IBM, Honeywell, and other companies to create a smart infrastructure. These corporations realize the need for energy efficiency in the country and are willing to work side by side with the government to make sure it happens. Instead of just changing light bulbs, the Obama administration wants to address the greater issue of how to reduce energy.

Groups such as the Appliance Awareness Standards Project, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the National Resources Defense Council are coming together to urge President Obama to strengthen the lighting standards as one of his first acts as Commander in Chief.

The rule making for this proposal was scheduled for February 3.

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