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Negawatts: The Role of Efficiency Policies in Climate Legislation

On Thursday, May 8, 2008, Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing entitled “Negawatts: The Role of Efficiency Policies in Climate Legislation.”  

As companies look for low-cost ways to reduce global warming emissions in a carbon-constrained future, many are finding that energy efficiency holds the greatest promise and results.

Accordingly, the hearing examined the potential role of complementary efficiency policies, particularly for the electric power sector, in promoting low-cost emission reductions under a federal greenhouse gas cap, auction and trade system.

WHAT: Select Committee hearing “Negawatts: The Role of Efficiency Policies in Climate Legislation.”

WHEN: 10 AM, Thursday, May 8, 2008,

WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC

OPENING STATEMENT: Chairman Edward J. Markey

Hon. Paul DeCotis, Deputy Secretary of Energy, State of New York
Hon. Dian Grueneich, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Steven Kline, Vice President for Environment and Federal Affairs, Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation
Richard Cowart, Director, Regulatory Assistance Project
George Sakellaris, President and CEO, Ameresco, Inc.

Click here for full hearing transcript 


Full video archive of hearing.


Congressman McNerney's first question and answer session

Chairman Markey's Closing Statement

Congressman McNerney's second question and answer session


Full panel

Rep. Gerald McNerney and Chairman Ed Markey

Dian Grueneich

DeCotis, Grueneich and Kline

Sakellaris and Cowart

After the hearing

Markey, Grueneich and Kline


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