Consumer Energy Alliance launches education campaign

By Patrick C. Miller | November 06, 2017

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) last week announced a nationwide campaign focused on educating families, businesses and state and local lawmakers about the benefits of energy and the critical role it plays in everyday lives and budgets.

“Campaign for America’s Energy” focuses on holding the energy industry to a higher safety standard while bringing greater awareness to public officials, leaders and communities. The campaign also covers how rejecting or delaying energy production, delivery and diversity hurts lower-income households and those on fixed incomes.

“Energy should be a non-partisan issue because it is something that both impacts and sustains everyone,” said David Holt, CEA president. “Protecting the environment is also a non-partisan issue because everyone wants a cleaner environment. Through new advancements in technology and innovation, everyone wins, because we can make energy more affordable and provide a healthy model for energy production that protects our environment and improves our communities.”

CEA is a national advocacy organization representing varied types of consumers such as families, manufacturers, agriculture, transporters, distributors, energy producers, renewables and a variety of other industries. It helps ensure stable prices and energy security for households across the country.

The launch of a national movement—aimed at balancing and depoliticizing the energy discussion—gives families and elected officials a balanced perspective to help advance policies that support energy production and delivery, as well as environmental standards. The effort will comprise a full-scale awareness program that includes new educational websites, media, community and stakeholder outreach, targeted digital advocacy efforts, and grassroots events and activities.

CEA’s campaign comes at a critical time when Americans, on average, spend more than $3,500 annually on energy-related costs. For a low-income consumer living at the poverty line, that could mean up to 29 percent of their individual income. According to the Census Bureau, more than 40 million Americans live in poverty, and 13.5 million are out of work or searching for full-time jobs.

“Americans shouldn’t have to choose between heating and cooling their homes, buying their next meal or filling their next medical prescription, yet too many are having to do just that,” Holt said. “We agree that the environment is vital to our future, and we’ll continue to hold industry to higher standards.”

He added that while pushing energy companies to innovate, reduce emissions and improve performance are vital, the U.S. must also diversify its resources, improve energy security and lower prices. Holt said the organization is calling for bipartisan support on these issues.