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Buy American from [P2] for ARRA Funded Retrofit Projects
Monday, October 11, 2010
Many of our partners are working on energy efficient retrofit projects funded by ARRA stimulus money. One of the conditions of performing these retrofits is that the products they use be “Buy American” compliant.
What exactly does that mean? How about we let Joe Martin, [P2]’s vice president of engineering, explain it in a letter he wrote for our customers with that very same question.
Interested in a [P2] product that isn’t on that list? We might be able to help. Give our service hub a call at (714) 386-5550.
PEERS Goes To DC
February 10, 2010
Lobbying For Change
In late January members of the PEERS Executive committee went to Washington DC and briefed Congressional Representatives and Senators about the overwhelming potential of the PEERS initiative. We weren’t surprised to get positive responses from the legislators we met with.
PEERS is good for our country, good for our economy, good for the environment and good for the energy-efficiency industry. That’s why NALMCO has been a big supporter of PEERS since the alliance was formed.
If we can get congress to follow through on the PEERS initiative, we can expect:
Your Next Move
September 23, 2009
On Monday's Late Show with David Letterman, President Obama endorsed the potential of stimulus-funded energy efficient retrofit projects to create jobs in America.
There's some areas, like for example clean energy, that has huge potential. Every building all across the United States probably could use some retrofitting to make it much more energy efficient. Doing that one thing could put hundreds of thousands of people back to work.
Want to see the president say it for yourself? Just scroll to the 11:00 mark in the video below.
PEERS Model Being Adopted For Appliance Rebate Program
September 11, 2009
An article in the San Diego Union-Tribune last week discussed a proposed Federal "cash for appliances" program that's using the PEERS model of piggybacking Federal rebates on top of existing state and utility rebates.
From the Article:
'The Department of Energy has a lot of confidence that the states will implement it effectively,' DOE spokeswoman Jen Stutsman said. 'The rebate programs will build off existing (state and utility rebate) programs and make use of appliances in a particular climate that yield the most energy savings.'
Obama Administration Awards An Additional $162 Million for State Energy Programs in Seven States and Territories
July 20, 2009
ARRA Stimulus Information
Searching For Energy Stimulus
Precision-Paragon [P2] is a proud member of PEERS, the Program For Energy Efficiency through Responsible Stimulus. The PEERS initiative seeks to direct funding from the American Recovery And Reinvestment Act (ARRA) towards energy saving commercial sector relighting projects.
PEERS is a grassroots effort, encouraging the federal government to provide matching funds for existing state and local utility rebates. These matching funds would lower the financial threshold for American businesses to retrofit their facilities with energy efficient lighting.
With these matching funds, we expect a groundswell of new energy efficient relighting projects which would create jobs, reduce energy consumption and ultimately stimulate our economy.
The action proposed by PEERS would directly meet the goals of ARRA stimulus funds by:
- Creating Jobs
- Stimulating The Economy
- Reducing CO2 Emissions
- Increasing our Energy Independence
In short, we feel that encouraging more businesses to undertake energy efficient relighting projects will be good for America.
An Introduction To PEERS
The attached document provides an overview of the PEERS program. Reviewing this document will give a solid understanding of the program's goals, potential and structure.
Download the PEERS Presentation PDF
How You Can Become Involved
The success of PEERS depends on grassroots support. If you support our initiatives, we need to you tell your elected officials. Write a letter or send an email letting the officials who represent you know that you want stimulus dollars directed towards energy efficient relighting projects.
For more information on the PEERS program, you can contact the PEERS committee chairperson, Randy Breske, by using the contact form at NALMCO.org.
PEERS On The Air
Precision-Paragon's John Watkins discussed the PEERS Alliance as the featured guest on the May 16th episode of The Green Energy Show broadcast on KRLA 870 AM.
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Energy Efficiency = Energy Surplus
One of the keys to understanding the potential effects of large-scale energy efficiency projects is learning to equate energy efficiency with a potential energy surplus. The link is strongly established in the Hewlett Foundation report “California’s Secret Energy Surplus: The Potential for Energy Efficiency” Prepared by XENERGY Inc. September 23, 2002.
Unallocated Stimulus Funds
Concerned that PEERS might have some trouble because ARRA funds are already spoken for? The Manufacturer's Alliance says "Au Contraire." In a May 19, 2009 article titled, Stimulus Funds Begin To Flow Slowly But Manufacturers Will Have a Hard Time Identifying Opportunities, the alliance notes that nearly $500 Billion in stimulus funds have yet to be obligated to a specific role. As part of the PEERS alliance, our goal is to direct a portion of that money to energy efficient relighting projects.
- The National Association of Energy Service Companies' ARRA Resource Page
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Official Website
- The Department of Energy's Recovery Site
- The U.S. General Service Administration's Recovery Website
- Recovery.org, an independent website dedicated to tracking ARRA spending