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July 09, 2003

DOE Kicks Off New "Smart Energy Campaign"

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said on July 9th that all Americans should practice smart energy use, and he launched a new DOE public awareness campaign to educate businesses, homeowners, and consumers on ways they can cut energy bills. The Smart Energy Campaign emphasizes DOE's new Web site and features a series of public service announcements and a four-city Smart Energy Tour led by Secretary Abraham. The tour began on July 9th at Long Island City, New York, and wound through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Ohio; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 10th. The campaign will be supported by electric utilities through announcements inserted into utility bills, and DOE is encouraging state governors and the media to support the campaign. DOE will also hold a series of regional summits on energy use, with the first to take place in Atlanta. See the DOE press releases from July 9th, 10th, and 14th.

Two major U.S. organizations are also promoting energy efficiency. On July 9th, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) issued a series of seven reports that examine effective programs to boost markets for energy efficient products and services. And on July 14th, the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) called on U.S. industry to help avoid a natural gas crisis this winter by becoming 10 percent more energy efficient. See the press releases from ACEEE and ASE.