Last month Intel signed on to a statement with non-government organizations, public agencies and other companies to support a nationwide Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). The Digital Energy Solutions Campaign (DESC), a coalition that Intel co-chairs along with Dell, also sent a letter to Senator Bingaman urging the US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources to consider an EERS.An Energy Efficiency Resource Standard encourages utilities to achieve a certain level of energy savings. This could be done by helping their customers save energy or by improving the energy efficiency of their own distribution systems – for example. The aim is to accelerate investment in energy-saving technologies and products to slow growth in the consumption of electricity across the US. Information and communication technologies (ICT) have an important role to play in improving the energy-efficiency of the broader economy. We are working to advance public policies (like an EERS) that promote the use of ICT solutions as a way to solve our nation’s energy challenges – not to mention inspire innovation and help mitigate climate change.
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