13 Jan '12, 12am

Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential

Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential

Americans must take a broader view of energy efficiency in the U.S. or risk constraining an economy that has struggled to wrest itself from the Great Recession, according to thought leaders at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy . That's the key finding of a new report from the organization that urges Americans to think bigger when it comes to energy efficiency. With attention focused on individual consumer efforts -- such as purchases -- and risky, expensive bids to develop new energy sources, the country overlooks the benefits of a systems approach to energy efficient. Major strategic energy efficiency investments can yield consumer energy savings that could reach as much as $400 billion a year, while cutting energy consumption by more than 50 percent and adding almost two million jobs to the economy by 2050, the report said. The report also warns that "...

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