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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

New Senate Bill Would Provide Important Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Posted April 2, 2014 by Meg Waltner in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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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

Cold Snap Highlights Need for Updated Furnace Efficiency Standards

Posted January 7, 2014 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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With the polar vortex bringing subzero temperatures and wind chill factors even more brutal to many parts of the United States, many Americans are huddling inside, with good reason. Unfortunately, not only are they suffering through the extreme cold, but...continued

Don't Let Congressional Grinches Turn the Lights Out on the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives

Posted December 10, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The clock is ticking for four important energy efficiency tax incentives for home and business property owners and manufacturers that are set to expire at the end of this month.  Energy efficiency is the cleanest, cheapest resource we have to...continued

Proposed Motor Efficiency Standards Will Lead to Big Electricity Savings

Posted November 25, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Like the vast majority of Americans, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about electric motors in the 1 to 500 horsepower range. Astoundingly, though, these motors consume about 50 percent of all the electricity used by industry...continued

Efficiency Wins Big in Atlantic City, Homeowners Will Benefit

Posted October 10, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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When you leave Atlantic City with more than you came with, you can count yourself lucky.  This past week public officials at the International Code Council’s (ICC) Public Action Hearings held in Atlantic City voted on close to 100 proposed...continued

More Cooling with Less (Global) Warming: Moving Forward on Obama's Climate Plan with Efficiency Rules for Commercial Fridges and Freezers

Posted August 30, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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When the Department of Energy took another step forward in fulfilling its commitment to issue long overdue energy-saving standards yesterday, it proposed two rules that could make significant headway in meeting the president’s carbon reduction target. In issuing proposed energy...continued

California is Setting the Standards: A Continuing Series on the California Energy Commission Process

Posted August 26, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Commercial clothes dryer standards: Savings are heating up Whether washing your clothes at the laundromat, in a dorm or apartment building, or keeping sheets, towels, and other fabrics clean at restaurants, hotels, and hospitals, commercial clothes dryers are everywhere and...continued

Starting to Break the Efficiency Standard Logjam: DOE Issues Proposed Rule for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures

Posted August 14, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Department of Energy did not waste any time in taking a first step towards fulfilling last week’s commitment to issue long overdue energy-savings standards: yesterday, DOE issued a proposed rule for metal halide lamp fixtures. While metal halide lamps...continued

California is Setting the Standards: A Continuing Series on the California Energy Commission Process

Posted August 12, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Swimming in Savings: Pool Pump Standards and Hot Tub Labels Will Save Money and Power Whether you’re taking a dip on a hot summer’s day or relaxing and warming up on a cool summer’s night, how much energy pools and hot...continued

Department of Energy Commits to Unleashing Delayed Efficiency Standards

Posted August 9, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A coalition of 10 states and the City of New York announced today that the Department of Energy has committed to push forward four delayed energy efficiency standards that could save utility customers more than $3.8 billion annually once in...continued

Efficiency Standards: Not "All That Sexy," But They Achieve Big Dollar and Carbon Savings

Posted June 26, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As part of his climate action plan, President Obama yesterday renewed his first-term commitment to efficiency standards with an ambitious, but achievable goal: reducing carbon pollution by a cumulative 3 billion metric tons by 2030 through standards for appliances and...continued

Twilight for Wasted Energy, the Saga Continues: DOE Finalizes Efficiency Standards Combating the Vampire in Your Microwave

Posted June 3, 2013 by Meg Waltner in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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New Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is not wasting any time getting to work on his recent pledge to prioritize energy efficiency and catch up on the backlog of overdue efficiency standards: Late Friday he announced rules to reduce the...continued

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