Home Star Updates & Webinar Available

Fri, 2010-03-26 09:08

Here is the latest update for the Home Star program from the National Save Energy Coalition.

  1. Home Star Webinar Recording & Slides Available – Thanks to everyone that joined us for Home Star webinars on Friday and Monday. We had a great turnout, with an incredible 1600+ attendees in total! We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused by needing to schedule an overflow webinar; unfortunately we were limited by our technology. You can now view the webinar online at our Home Star Information Page (http://www.everblueenergy.com/home-star-coming). As mentioned on the webinar, there has already been a tremendous show of support for Home Star from businesses. If you haven’t yet contacted your Senators for Home Star, please do! You can see our resources on our Take Action page, and then fill out a Tracking Form (it’s very important to get feedback about how the Senators/their offices feel about the program). Also I encourage you to join the Home Star Coalition. There are currently over 800 businesses in the Home Star Coalition, all listed on their website. The Coalition directs Senators and media to their website in order to show the entire breadth of business support for Home Star. Thanks also to Efficiency First, RESNET, and BPI for presenting the webinar and answering questions.

  2. 22 Senate Dems Urge Action on Climate – On Friday, 22 Senate Democrats signed and delivered a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) calling for debate on a comprehensive climate and energy bill this year. In their letter, the Senators say that, “Our lack of a comprehensive clean energy policy hurts job creation and increases regulatory uncertainty throughout the economy. Businesses are waiting on clean signals from Congress before investing billions in energy, transportation, manufacturing, buildings and other sectors. America's competitiveness and export strength are also at stake." Among the signatories are a number of swing-vote Democrats whose support is critical for any climate bill to earn 60 votes. The letter comes as Senators Kerry (D-MA), Lieberman (I-CT), and Graham (R-SC) prepare to brief Senators on their draft climate legislation. We can expect a release of their legislation after the April recess, which ends on April 9th.
  3. Climate Bill Sign-on Letter - Federal energy and climate legislation is still alive in Congress.  For the efficiency and clean energy industry, this legislation represents the long-term commitment and funding we need.  Efficiency industry leaders, including the National Save Energy Coalition, have been working to send a clear and consistent message to the three Senators, John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who are working on the most current version of the Bill.  Our asks for the efficiency industry are a share of the funds generated from a cap and trade system, strong efficiency codes and standards, and a national energy efficiency resource standard (minimum efficiency requirements as a percent of consumption). These provide support for our industry for many years to come, beyond stimulus funds and specific programs such as Home Star. Action Item: please consider signing on to the letter stating these requests to the three senators at http://energyefficiencyworks.org/letter. For more information see the NSEC website and watch for an upcoming webinar on status of the climate/energy legislation.

We’ll keep you posted as the Home Star program moves closer to passage.