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Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CA

Meg Waltner

As an energy efficiency advocate at NRDC, I focus on ways to promote energy efficiency in buildings and appliances in California, at the Federal level,and internationally. I primarily work to advance efficiency through grant programs, tax incentives, buildings energy codes and appliance efficiency standards. I joined NRDC's DC office in August 2009, after graduating from Stanford with an MS and BS in Civil Engineering, with a focus on efficiency in buildings and renewable energy technologies, and moved to NRDC's SF office in 2013.

As a native Californian, I grew up hiking in the parks around the Bay Area and in the Sierras and have always loved spending time outdoors. When I’m not in the office, I like to spend my time hiking and camping, going on long runs, cooking new things and being with friends and family.

Recent Posts

Builders Association Attack Against California Setting New Carbon Pollution Targets Is Wrong on the Facts and the Law

Posted August 20, 2015 by Meg Waltner

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Co-authored by Alex Jackson and David Pettit The California Building Industry Association (CBIA) issued a report this week warning that the state's effort to establish new carbon pollution reduction targets would lead to dramatic increases in construction costs and a...continued

Summer Comfort Without the Summer Expense: Keep Your Energy Bill Down & Help the Environment

Posted June 18, 2015 by Meg Waltner

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Temperatures may be going up but there's no reason you can't keep your energy bill down this summer if you take advantage of a handful of ideas that will save you money - and keep you comfortable - in the...continued

Major Agreement for Rooftop Air Conditioners Will Lead to Biggest Energy Savings Yet

Posted June 17, 2015 by Meg Waltner

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Industry and energy efficiency advocates have come to a major agreement, officially approved today, on updated efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces that, once adopted, will lead to huge energy and dollar savings for more than half of...continued

New California Building Efficiency Standards Set the Stage for Zero Net Energy Homes by 2020

Posted June 10, 2015 by Meg Waltner

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The California Energy Commission voted unanimously today to approve updated building energy efficiency standards that the CEC says will cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28 percent and save consumers $31 a month compared to houses built under...continued

DOE Proposes First-Ever Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps; Supported by Industry & Advocates

Posted April 2, 2015 by Meg Waltner

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The Department of Energy (DOE) today formally proposed the first-ever standards for commercial and industrial pumps, which are projected to produce up to $1.1 billion in net energy bill savings from pumps sold in the next 30 years and are...continued

New Efficiency Standards for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers Will Save $942 Million

Posted January 29, 2015 by Meg Waltner

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The Department of Energy this week finalized updated energy efficiency standards for the automatic commercial ice makers often found in hotels, restaurants, and health-care facilities. The new standards will require most ice makers sold in the United States to use...continued

2014 Brings Big Savings in Appliance and Equipment Efficiency, More to Come in 2015

Posted December 17, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments. The Department of Energy (DOE) this year set final energy efficiency standards for seven products ranging from electric motors to commercial refrigeration equipment that will save consumers more than $54...continued

New Proposed Standards for Dishwashers Would Cut Wasted Water and Energy

Posted December 12, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong updated standards for dishwashers this week that would lead to big reductions in energy and water use if finalized. The proposed standards would save more than 1 quadrillion Btus of energy and 240...continued

The Big Kahuna: DOE Proposes Rule for Commercial Air Conditioners that Offers Biggest Potential Savings Yet

Posted September 18, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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The White House announced a number of commitments to energy efficiency this morning, not the least of which is a proposed energy efficiency standard for rooftop air conditioners that could produce the largest electricity savings under any U.S. appliance efficiency...continued

Energy Savings on the Way for New Construction and Major Renovations in California: New Building Code Process Begins

Posted September 10, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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The next update to California’s building energy code, known as Title 24, is officially underway. Today, the California Energy Commission launches the process of updating minimum efficiency standards for new construction and major renovations that are anticipated to take effect...continued

As Summer Heats Up, New Room AC Standards Will Help Cut Cooling Costs

Posted May 31, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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New energy-efficiency standards for room air conditioners that have been years in the making go into effect June 1 – just in time to help save on summer air conditioning bills.  Not only will these standards save Americans money as...continued

New Senate Bill Would Provide Important Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Posted April 2, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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The Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act, S. 2189, introduced late yesterday by three Democratic senators, would improve the efficiency of our homes, workplaces, and industry by reinstating and improving important efficiency tax incentives. Energy efficiency – achieving the same or...continued

New Ice Maker Standards Would Improve Efficiency, but Even Stronger Standards Warranted

Posted March 17, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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In the midst of yet another DC snowstorm, having large quantities of fresh ice to keep you cool is probably the last thing on your mind. Yet, thanks to proposed energy efficiency standards published in today’s Federal Register from the...continued

New DOE Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Mean Big Energy Savings

Posted March 5, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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Have you ever walked into a grocery store and thought about how much energy must be wasted through those open-air refrigerators that store dairy products or the freezers you can see into in the ice cream aisle? Unless you’re an...continued

Bright Lights, Big Energy Savings: DOE Standards Make Good Progress, but Leave Savings on the Table

Posted January 30, 2014 by Meg Waltner

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You might not even notice those large, dome-shaped lights that hang from high ceilings in big box stores, gymnasiums, and factories, and are often used in parking lots and other outdoor spaces, but thanks to a rule released today...continued

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