Energy efficiency high on Obama’s priority list


President Barack
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — December 9, 2008 – President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday said that building energy efficiency is central to his administration’s economic recovery plan.

In his weekly radio address, which is broadcast on YouTube, Obama laid out the elements of a government-led spending program meant to revitalize the U.S. economy and create jobs.
“First, we will launch a massive effort to make public buildings more energy efficient. Our government now pays the highest energy bills in the world. We need to change that. We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs,” said Obama.

This won’t just save the taxpayer billions of dollars each year, but will put people back to work, Obama claimed.

While Obama’s final energy plan is somewhat vague at this stage, it is expected to include a commitment to upgrade the electricity distribution infrastructure with smart grid technology and to provide incentives for AMI. During his campaign Obama also promised to invest in developing advanced vehicles and to put 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.