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How to create more renewable energy jobs

A new report, "Energy Efficiency in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009: Impacts of Current Provisions and Opportunities to Enhance the Legislation," underscores the energy efficiency potential - and accompanying benefits - still available as the Senate considers energy and climate legislation. In fact, the improvements would result in 48% more jobs and 32% more consumer savings than the 383,800 jobs and $215 in annual household savings in 2020 than the energy efficiency provisions of ACES, the original House bill, would provide.

"Energy efficiency may not be as hot a topic as cap-and-trade, but it certainly gets the job done when it comes to saving consumers money and creating jobs," stated Steven Nadel, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's Executive Director and co-author of the report. "As our report shows, the Senate can boost those benefits by improving the energy efficiency provisions of the Waxman-Markey bill."

These improvements would bring economic and environmental benefits to every state in the country. State results of the ACEEE study were released at over forty-five nationwide events organized by Environment America and a broad network of businesses, faith and community leaders, and clean energy advocates. See state-by-state breakdowns at

http://www.aceee.org/energy/national/50states.htm.

The full report is here:

http://www.aceee.org/pubs/e096.htm

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