AGA, along with its member utilities, believes that all Americans need to be educated about the importance of the efficient use of energy and conservation – because all have a role to play
Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA) today commended the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) for launching the second phase of the “Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve” national energy efficiency campaign.
Anybody Can Serve was initiated in January 2009 to coincide annually with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Building on this successful campaign, NARUC today rolled out the “30-60-90 Day Energy Efficiency Challenge,” a new program designed to demonstrate how families can take simple steps to lower their energy usage, save on utility bills and help clean the environment.
“I am very pleased to be here today partnering with NARUC in the launching of the second phase of its national energy efficiency campaign,” said Rodney Powell, president and chief operating officer of Yankee Gas Services Company, who spoke on behalf of AGA.
As part of the 30-60-90 Day Challenge, low-to-middle income families (families that make $50,000 or less a year) from all over the country compete to see who can conserve the most energy.
“AGA, along with its member utilities, believes that all Americans need to be educated about the importance of the efficient use of energy and conservation – because all have a role to play,” Powell said. “Our campaign theme comes from Dr. King, who, when told what a great man he was, would always reply, ‘Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.’”
By investing in the efficiency of buildings and appliances, promoting smart energy choices and subsidizing energy-saving efforts for low-income families, America’s natural gas utilities are helping their customers save money and reduce their carbon footprint. In 2008 alone, natural gas utilities budgeted nearly $565 million on energy efficiency programs. In fact, although the number of residential households using natural gas increased from 38 million in 1970 to about 65 million today — an increase of more than 70 percent — residential consumption over that time has remained essentially flat and greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas household have actually declined.
“Policies that promote the direct use of natural gas in homes and businesses are good for the economy, good for the environment and good for the consumer. That’s why AGA is proud to partner with NARUC and other key stakeholders for such a worthy and honorable cause,” Powell concluded.