Alliance to Save Energy Supports Obama's Call for ‘Clean Energy Jobs' to Unleash Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency
The Alliance applauded the president's remarks delivered today at OPOWER, an Arlington, Va., energy efficiency software company that helps consumers reduce their energy bills. The president's choice of venue for his speech today was significant: OPOWER has doubled its own employee ranks in the past year while promoting energy efficiency.
"By creating new jobs to advance energy efficiency, we are simultaneously tackling our nation's high unemployment rate and positioning America as a global manufacturing powerhouse in the emerging global clean energy economy," said Alliance President Kateri Callahan.
"The process of creating clean energy jobs happens naturally when consumers want to save on their energy bills," said Callahan. "When they install energy-saving products, they hire contractors who buy from retailers, who buy from manufacturers. This opens up a wealth of opportunities with wide-ranging ripple effects.
"President Obama understands that energy efficiency is not a ‘one-hit wonder,'" she added. "It is now an intrinsic and essential part of our nation's economy."
The president's speech today reinforced one earlier this week touting the Home Star program of rebates for homeowners who make substantial energy efficiency retrofits to their homes. In both sets of remarks, the president emphasized that most energy-efficient products used in such home improvement projects are manufactured in the United States, and that rising demand for those products will spur job growth.
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The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, the economy, and national security.