Ordinary Americans ‘powering up America’, Foundation reports


Stewart Hudson,
President, Emily
Hall Tremaine
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 26, 2013 – Alongside the extensive efforts of utilities to interest their customers in their energy use, it seems that Americans from all walks of life and across the political spectrum are themselves getting on with the job of building the nation’s new energy future.

In a new report, Powering Up America: The Revolution Began Yesterday, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation purports to tell “the untold story of the clean energy revolution already unfolding outside the Beltway.”

According to the report, Americans in ever larger numbers are:

  • Making energy more productive – for any purpose, at any level – by consuming less energy per service or product.
  • Asserting more control over energy by owning the means to generate it themselves, opting for on-site, private, cleaner and more reliable energy sources.
  • Demanding newer, high tech, cleaner domestic energy sources that protect the economy from volatile world markets, spare the air, water, and health, and decrease America’s dependence on hostile suppliers.

And the reason – the economy. In the wake of the great recession, businesses, schools, policy makers, families, and everyone in between have been looking for new ways to save money on energy costs.

“We are, in short, getting smart about our energy money. And, as a result, we American consumers are spending less on energy, and putting more of that money back into local economies,” states the report.

The report is based on interviews conducted across the U.S., with a special focus on South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, which have sharply diverse political and energy profiles.

The report identifies three drivers to this change:

  • Technology. with innovative, high-tech breakthroughs facilitating efficiency and renewable energy sources.
  • Military. the nation’s single largest energy consumer, which has moved quickly to adopt renewable energy sources, while improving its energy productivity by 13.3 percent over a 2003 baseline.
  • Schools, which collectively annually spend $7.5 billion on energy, encouraging thousands to pioneer new methods for reducing utility bills and freeing up funding for education.

“What’s unique about our report is that it brings you the voices of everyday Americans who are discovering the many economic advantages of energy efficiency and clean energy in ways that will surprise and inspire you,” said Tremaine Foundation president Stewart Hudson. “That may not be the story you’re hearing out of Washington, but it is the story of real Americans across the nation.”

The report concludes by saying that despite the gains in energy productivity, the nation has only begun to take advantage of the opportunities to save and grow.