United States looks to move up in global energy efficiency rankings

Last year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranked the world's top 12 economies for energy efficiency. The results found the United States in ninth place, citing "limited or little progress toward greater efficiency at the national level" over the past decade. Now, an upcoming briefing with Ross Eisenberg – a senior executive with the country's largest industrial trade group – looks to address what measures can be taken to help improve the nation's standing in the coming years.

Bloomberg reports that Eisenberg, the National Association of Manufacturers' vice president of energy and resources policy, will be attending a November 20 meeting held by the Environmental and Energy Institute. The organization found that U.S. energy intensity has been on the decline since the 1970s, with the amount of power needed to generate equal amounts of GDP between 1973 and 2013 having been cut in half. But despite this reduction, the country has continued to lag behind other foreign powers.

"There's always more to do," said Eisenberg in an interview with the source. "Our economy is doing well while we're also saving energy and reducing emissions."

The Energy Information Administration found that U.S. energy intensity has dropped by an average of 2 percent per year since 1973, and is expected to continue doing so through 2040. However, lawmakers are hoping to make larger gains in quicker amounts of time. Eisenberg was among those who backed the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman bill this year, before governmental crises pulled it off the Senate floor.

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