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increased penetration of improved technologies in u.s. and
world markets leading to earlier price reductions for
efficient products;
generally increased availability of cost-effective
technologies, for a range of applications, for preventing,
controlling, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and,
wherever possible, for also recovering energy;
earlier penetration by existing efficient products sending the
signal to manufacturers that there is a market for such
products, and eventually for even more advanced technologies;
and finally,

improved information and accelerating demand for energy efficiency investments will encourage changes in utility regulations relating to potential efficiency investments.

We believe that these measures can have substantial effects.

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To address energy efficiency objectives, EPA has developed a fivepart strategy: (1) corporate and government purchasing; (2) enhanced product markets; (3) regulatory and legal reforms; (4) development and demonstration of prevention, control, and mitigation technologies which, wherever possible, also recover

energy; and (5) expanded international markets.

EPA believes that

this strategy of efficiently using energy resources can costeffectively achieve reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases below the levels which they would otherwise reach in future years, while at the same time promote economic growth.

In the last two decades, U.S. energy consumption per unit of

GNP has fallen by 30%, mostly as a result of the normal functioning

of the market. "Green Lights" and related EPA programs targeted at electricity consumption are part of an overall movement to improve

the efficiency of energy use,

including the Administration's

National Energy Strategy, as well as utilities' integrated resource

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planning and demand-side management programs.

We are coordinating

closely with the Department of Energy on all of these efforts. The best way to explain how this strategy would work is to place it in

the context of programs that EPA has already developed,

or is

currently developing, in each of these strategic areas.

Corporate and Government Purchasing

Our flagship program in the area of corporate and government



purchasing is "Green Lights," which was formally launched January 16, 1991. Green Lights is a voluntary pollution prevention partnership between EPA

and corporations, States local governments. Green Lights partners commit to evaluating current lighting needs throughout their facilities and installing energyefficient lighting wherever it is profitable (as measured by the prime rate plus 6 percent). EPA provides technical assistance

through building survey software, support to a product testing

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EPA believes this program will be successful, since over 400

participants already signed up--nearly two billion square feet

committed--which is more than the office space in New York, Los

Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Detroit combined.

While corporations have five years to complete their upgrades, results from preliminary installations look quite promising: reports received indicate that savings of 40-75% in lighting electricity consumption have been realized, exceeding



previously published technical estimates.

Preliminary analyses

indicate that investment in energy efficient lighting resulting

from utility including integral resource planning and demand-side

management, as well as Green Lights--could lower greenhouse gas

emissions from electricity production by millions of tons.


Why have these lighting upgrades not happened earlier, given that the investments in efficient lighting products

all profitable? There are a variety of reasons. The facilities manager is responsible for lighting--and usually also charged with

making the elevators run and ensuring that the building temperature

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money, and able to sort through the various products and their

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efficient lighting as a strategic corporate decision undertaken at high level within the corporation and

it also provides information regarding the coordination of options available from

the existing range of lighting products as a system. The software, product testing and financing information support provided by EPA

helps the corporation make the most attractive upgrades. And the

public recognition afforded by the Green Lights program, as well as the significant potential savings, provide incentives for corporate leaders to commit to improving their energy efficiency. At the

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time, thanks to changes in State regulatory climates, utilities starting to make major investments in energy efficiency measures in conjunction with their customers, increasing


the attractiveness of these programs.

EPA is currently developing several other programs that could operate similarly to the Green Lights model with regard to corporate and government purchasing; green commercial buildings;

and, green energy corporations.

The Green Buildings program would focus primarily on buildingshell improvements. As with lighting, efficient technologies exist today that could significantly reduce building energy needs. These technologies include variable speed drives for air handlers and chillers, reflective painting on rooftops and window improvements. Following up interest from


Green Lights partners, EPA is also exploring the possibility of a holistic program to stimulate corporate energy efficiency across the board-




in other words, a green energy corporation program that would require participants to ensure that all equipment purchases are consistent with the principles of life-cycle profitability.

EPA's Green Lights--and similar "green" programs--demonstrate that significant pollution prevention may be achieved by providing information and technical advice to corporations and government


Enhanced Product Markets

A second aspect of EPA's approach is to provide signals to manufacturers that markets exist for the most efficient technologies that manufacturers can produce. EPA's premiere example of enhanced product markets is the "Golden Carrot" super efficient refrigerator program. The Golden Carrot program takes the rebates utilities have agreed to provide to their customers who

buy efficient refrigerators after 1994 and aggregates them into a

single bid pool. Manufacturers then bid on this pool of rebate money. The bid pool is offered to the manufacturer that is able to provide the greatest number of (non-chlorofluorocarbon using) super-efficient refrigerators at the least cost by 1994 (or 1995).

Under present law, the Department of Energy (DOE) standard is applied to all refrigerators as a minimum standard. The winning refrigerator model is required to be 25 percent more efficient than

the 1993 DOE appliance standard, and may be as much as 50 percent

more efficient.

The draft request for proposals (RFP) is currently

being reviewed by the public and will be offered in June of this year. The first super-efficient refrigerators will be shipped as

early as


The rebates will be awarded directly to the


Opportunities for many other "Golden Carrot" programs exist. In fact, an organization has recently been formed by EPA, utilities and conservation groups--the Consortium for Energy Efficiency--to coordinate "Golden Carrot" and other utility demand-side management


The consortium strives for similar approaches among

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