Energy Star Programs & Incentives Advocacy Networking June 2017
Energy Star Advocacy – Efficiency First AZ
   Easier steps to advocacy success and business growth.

The proposed 2018 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget includes the elimination of two programs that are very important to green building, energy efficiency and water conservation: Energy Star and WaterSense.

Details of the proposed Department of Energy (DOE) budget have not been released.  Indications are that it will eliminate or reduce funding for equally important DOE programs such as the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, Zero Energy Ready Home, the Building Energy Code Program, and DOE’s national labs.

Current Steps to TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT Energy Star & WaterSense (4.21.17):

1. www.ase.org/advocacy/energy-star-chopping-block
Through:  Alliance to Save Energy
About:  Energy Star and other energy efficiency programs
Write letter to your senators and representative

You may edit the form letter as desired and could add WaterSense and DOE programs.

2. http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6562/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12768
Through:  Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)
About:  Some of the DOE residential programs
Letters to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein – Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations
Chairman Mike Simpson and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur – Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations
Deadline:  April 21

3. https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/z11znqm01l6ibhj/
Through:  U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
About:  Energy Star, WaterSense and Safer Choice

The link works only for businesses and organizations, not individuals.  However, you can use the language in the letter to draft an email to:

Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski  https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact/email
Ranking Member Tom Udall  https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/contact/email-tom
Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
Chairman Ken Calvert  https://calvert.house.gov/contactform/
Ranking Member Betty McCollum   https://mccollum.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

4. www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/WaterSense-in-jeopardy.aspx
Through:  Alliance for Water Efficiency
About:  WaterSense
Letter to:  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
Deadline:  April 21

The link works only for businesses and organizations, not individuals.
However, you can use the language in the letter to draft an email to Administrator Pruitt

5.  Department of Energy – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (The.Secretary@hq.doe.gov)

6.  White Househttps://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/


Efficiency First AZ is a voice for utility consumers, energy efficiency providers and the many homes & businesses that benefit from our products & services. We actively promote policies and regulations that will maximize public benefits by growing the market for energy efficiency products and services. Working with our members, we seek to inform Arizona’s state legislature, Corporation Commission, local governments, and other industry sectors about the benefits of energy efficiency. Some of the issues most important to us include the following:

State legislature

  • Supporting laws that provide additional tools and practices for customers to access the benefits of energy efficiency
  • Opposing laws that restrict these beneficial tools and practices

Arizona Corporation Commission

  • Promoting Arizona’s nation-leading energy saving goals and ensuring their achievement
  • Maximizing the benefits provided by utility energy efficiency programs

Local governments

  • Promoting adoption of more energy efficient building energy codes

Examples of our Advocacy Work

  • Efficiency First AZ official comments to ACC (PDF)
  • AZ League of Cities & Towns Conference, August 23-26th, 2016 (PDF)
  • Industry letter to AZ Corporation Commission (PDF)
  • Backgrounder on EFAZ regulatory efforts (PDF)
  • Intervention approval by ACC (PDF)
  • Efficiency First AZ May board meeting (PowerPoint)
  • Recommendations for improving APS’ DSM in 2016 and beyond (PDF)
  • Water Energy Nexus Letter for ACC (PDF)
  • IRP joint comments (PDF)

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A few results…

  • Monitored status of proposal to eliminate Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Resources Standard.
  • Participated in APS DSM Collaborative process for 2015 DSM Implementation Plans.
  • Reviewed APS DSM proposal and provided extensive comments and recommendations on plan improvements for 2016.
  • Participated in Corporation Commission meetings related to DSM reporting to provide business support for EE programs and policies.
  • Worked with a group of stakeholders to develop reforms to the ACC’s Integrated Resource Planning Process.
  • Met with Commissioners to discuss IRP reforms.
  • Conducted meetings with State Legislators and Interest Groups to introduce EFAZ and gather intelligence on state energy policy issues.
  • EFAZ responded in opposition to SB 1241 (Energy Benchmarking legislation).
  • Worked towards developing a comprehensive EFAZ advocacy plan through brainstorming meetings, outline of specific actions, and networking with potential future members or contributors.