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Fossil-fueled Power
Non-Fossil Generation
End-Use Efficiency
Electricity T&D
Carbon Sequestration
Non-CO2 Reductions
Other GHG Reductions

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 Education & Information Programs

 
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Many power companies are becoming more involved in educating customers, employees and members of other institutions, organizations, and communities about the effects of individual behavior on the (global) environment. While near-term GHG reductions from these educational efforts cannot easily be quantified, these programs can have a deep and long-lasting influence on future emissions of GHGs by influencing behavior and increasing knowledge.

The Internet has become an important tool for providing information to broad audiences. Many utilities, government agencies, and advocacy groups have information on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their websites.  Some even include checklists which can calculate greenhouse gas reductions achieved through use of energy efficient equipment, lighting, and appliances. 

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CenterPoint Energy has been promoting the construction of new homes that meet EPA’s ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency since 2001. ENERGY STAR® homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating. In 2004, houses built within CenterPoint Energy’s ENERGY STAR® program saved more than 22 MW of electricity generation. This amount far exceeded the annual goal set by CenterPoint Energy and contributed significantly to the statewide energy-efficiency goal established by the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The electricity saved by these houses is equivalent to removing 23,000 cars from the road, or planting 37,500 acres of trees. The 13,000 participating homeowners also will collectively save an estimated $100 million on their electric bills over the life of their homes. EPA awarded CenterPoint Energy its 2005 award for “Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Education.”

In the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane season, New Orleans-based Entergy is involved in the development of new, post-hurricane local zoning and building rules in communities throughout its service territory in order to create more energy-efficient housing.

In the Initiative for New Homes, the Power Partners and DOE are working together and with other interested parties to explore partnerships to achieve greater market penetration of energy-efficient new homes. This effort involves a wide range of stakeholders in the private and public sectors across the new homes transactional chain. Several multi-sector meetings have been held with DOE to discuss this initiative, and the power sector helped sponsor a workshop in 2004 that brought together a number of stakeholders to discuss opportunities and obstacles. In July 2005, DOE launched the Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency and held a meeting with interested stakeholders to discuss how to advance the initiative.

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Alliance to Save Energy,  “Save Energy at Home”
http://www.ase.org/section/_audience/educators/edsavhome/

Students can stimulate their parents to incorporate energy efficiency into their household purchasing decisions and daily habits. The Alliance to Save Energy presents web pages and lesson plans designed to help improve energy efficiency in the home.

Alliance to Save Energy,  “A Home Energy Audit”
http://www.ase.org/uploaded_files/educatorlessonplans/audit.pdf

This activity helps students think like Building Inspectors, identifying whatever helps or hurts energy conservation in a specific building. At the completion of this activity, students should be able to identify the major construction, maintenance and design features that make a building energy efficient; define and use each of the vocabulary terms discussed in this unit; and explain energy saving steps to a homeowner.

Edison Electric Institute, "Get Energy Active"
http://www.getenergyactive.org/

This website, sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), is aimed primarily at residential consumers and educating them about the wise use of electricity and steps they can take. Topics covered include the value of electricity, climate change, wise use of electricity, investing in the future, getting involved, and others. Discussion boards and links to videos and interactive maps extend and tailor the content to the user's needs. Read their monthly newsletters to learn why a smart electric future benefits us all.

Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Housing, "Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency"
http://www.energystar.gov/ia/home_improvement/PHEE_Overview_final.pdf

The Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency is a new, multi-agency effort of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring greater energy efficiency to the U.S. housing market. Our goal is to help households save 10 percent or more on home energy bills over the next 10 years. The initiative builds on existing policies and programs that involve partnerships with manufacturers, retailers, home contractors and remodelers, utilities, states, financial organizations, and educational institutions, among others, to leverage the power and creativity of the marketplace.

Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, “Energy Star”
http://www.energystar.gov

ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy to power 20 million homes and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 18 million cars - all while saving $8 billion.

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