Recently at ARPA-E’s Third Annual Energy Innovation Summit, Bill Clinton offered concrete solutions for the energy economy, including how to move forward on grabbing the low hanging fruit of energy efficiency. “Another area that the former president argued needs a more cohesive federal policy is energy efficiency, the energy issue he is most closely tied to.”
This focus on energy efficiency is reinforced by other sectors of the government as well, including the military, which asserts that energy efficiency and renewables are an essential component of national security. The President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Navy Admiral Dennis McGinn spoke recently about this topic at an energy event in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“McGinn was in Fort Collins, Colo. earlier this week to bring his message to an audience at former Gov. Bill Ritter’s Center for the New Energy Economy, hosted by Colorado State University. McGinn tol his audience, ‘A nation that uses more than 20 percent of the oil that is produced globally every single year, that sits on at best estimates 3 percent of the known reserves cannot drill its way out of the situation of energy insecurity that we’re in.'”
Indeed, the cheapest and most secure form of energy is the energy that isn’t used in the first place, saved by efficiency measures that allow us to rely less heavily on foreign oil supplies. While Clinton focused primarily on energy efficiency for large commercial buildings in his presentation at the Energy Innovation Summit, residential energy efficiency is also critically important.
“Focus on being more systematically effective in energy efficiency,” urged Clinton. “Once people know the facts, no one is against this, but there are too few non-college-educated people that understand the huge impact this could have on their future.”
Read more in the full article about Clinton at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit here, and find out just how important the military thinks energy efficiency is for national security here.