Illinois governor names March 10 Energy Efficiency Day

Springfield, Ill., March 4, 2010 — Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn has declared March 10 as Great Energy Efficiency Day, as part of an observance sponsored in Illinois by the Energy Education Council and nationally by the Alliance to Save Energy.

“We have come a long way in energy efficiency measures,” says Greg Lovett, Managing Supervisor for Energy Efficiency for Ameren and Chair of the Council’s Energy Efficiency Task Force. “Energy efficiency policies, building and appliance codes, incentives, and technology improvements in the U.S. since the mid-1970s now save approximately 40 percent of the energy currently consumed and avoid the emission of more than 2 billion tons of CO2 per year. There is great potential to do more and the need is clear.”

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He added, “Readily available ideas for increasing energy efficiency are available from the Energy Efficiency Resource Center, a service of the Energy Education Council, located in Springfield, Illinois.

Lovett and industry, university and government representatives on the EEC Task Force have guided the development of the Energy Efficiency Resource Center, a web-based resource for home owners, business operators, youth, educators and others to find information, programs and incentives for implementing efficiency measures.

Lovett says worldwide demand is starting to feel the recessionary pressures of high prices, and the cost of saving energy is going down while the price of energy is going up. The Task Force Chair says, “Savings from energy efficiency to date have not yet come close to tapping the full potential for savings.”

Working with Lovett and others at the Energy Education Council, Governor Quinn said, “The current supply of energy is sufficient, but should not be wasted. Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world’s energy supplies.”

Gov. Quinn adds, “An Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard is part of the Illinois Power Agency Act and requires a 2 percent per year reduction in state electricity demand by 2015.” Illinois state government has made a commitment toward energy efficiency and Gov. Quinn said he would “urge all citizens to take steps to increase their energy efficiency and help conserve our planet.”


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