Past Activities of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
From 2005 to 2010, EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy facilitated the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, a private-public initiative to create a sustainable, aggressive national commitment to energy efficiency through natural gas and electric utilities, their regulators, and other partner organizations. This effort sought to take advantage of large opportunities in U.S. homes, buildings, and schools to reduce energy use, save billions on customer energy bills, and reduce the need for new power supplies.
Learn more about the Action Plan and other past activities related to energy efficiency:
- Action Plan Leadership
- Action Plan Meetings
- Action Plan Accomplishments
- Sector Collaborative on Energy Efficiency
Action Plan Leadership
The Action Plan was led by a Leadership Group, which consisted of representatives from electric and gas utilities, state utility regulators and energy agencies, energy consumers, energy service providers, environmental groups, and energy efficiency organizations. More than 60 leading organizations participated in this effort.
- Leadership Group Members and Observers (October 2009) (PDF) (3 pp., 53K, About PDF)
- For more information about the role of the Leadership Group, see The Continuing Role of the Leadership Group (June 2008) (PDF) (5 pp., 59K).
Action Plan Meetings
The Action Plan sponsored a series of regional implementation meetings during 2007. For more information on these meetings, as well as the meetings of the Action Plan Leadership Group, visit the Action Plan meetings page.
Action Plan Accomplishments
- Resources. A number of key resources were developed under the guidance and with input from the Leadership Group to help parties achieve all cost-effective energy efficiency. Many of these resources are available from EPA’s energy efficiency resources page. These resources do not necessarily represent a consensus view, nor do they represent an endorsement by the Leadership Group members’ organizations.
- Commitments. More than 120 stakeholders publicly committed to take action to advance the Action Plan’s recommendations in their spheres of influence. These stakeholders included more than 30 utilities; more than 40 state and local agencies; and numerous large energy users, environmental groups, trade associations, and other organizations. View the complete listing of all Public Statements & Commitments in Support of the Action Plan (August 2008) (PDF) (42 pp., 427K).
- Press Releases:
- November 18, 2008: Changing the Climate: Looking Toward a More Cost Effective, Energy Efficient Future (EPA Press Release)
- November 13, 2007: Utility Energy Efficiency Vision Can Save Billions of Dollars While Fighting Climate Change (PDF) (2 pp., 52K) (EPA Press Release)
- July 31, 2006: Utility Sector Leaders Make Firm Commitment to Energy Efficiency (EPA Press Release)
Sector Collaborative on Energy Efficiency
The Sector Collaborative on Energy Efficiency brought together end-users from key sectors of the economy, electric and gas utilities, regulators, and partner organizations to jointly pursue the benefits of energy efficiency. These stakeholders joined together to:
- Explore the barriers to cost-effective energy efficiency.
- Identify tools needed to implement and evaluate cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
- Document how energy savings are valuable investments for participating sectors.
- Provide peer exchange opportunities to share approaches to effective energy efficiency programs.
- Identify and pursue new commitments and partnerships to increase investment in energy efficiency.
The Sector Collaborative held a workshop (PDF) (4 pp, 177K) in 2007 and published its findings in a report, Sector Collaborative on Energy Efficiency Accomplishments and Next Steps (PDF) (80 pp, 497K). This report was designed to help gas and electric utilities, utility regulators, and energy users identify and act on cost-effective opportunities for expanding energy efficiency resources in the five commercial sectors participating in the Sector Collaborative. The report describes the barriers to cost-effective energy efficiency, documents how energy savings are valuable investments for participating sectors, identifies tools needed to implement and evaluate efficiency measures, and highlights new commitments and partnerships to increase efficiency investments.