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WASHINGTON STATE ENERGY OFFICE MANAGER TO SPEAK AT WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE

 OLYMPIA, Wash., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A Washington State Energy Officn?ager, Javier H. Figueroa, a recognized national authority on home energy ratings and energy efficient mortgage programs, is representing Washington state at the two-day White House Conference on Global Climate Change today and tomorrow in Washington, D.C., according to the WSEO.
 The White House Office on Environmental Policy will lead the interagency group formed for this conference to meet President Clinton's Earth Day instruction to craft by late summer a plan to reduce U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by the year 2000.
 "This must be a clarion call," the president said in his speech, "not for more bureaucracy or regulation or unnecessary costs, but instead for American ingenuity and creativity to produce the best and most energy-efficient technology."
 Figueroa, invited to participate on a residential energy demand workshop panel discussing how to bring opportunities to the marketplace, will tell the gathering tomorrow about Washington state's cost-effective energy code that has reduced space heat requirements for newly constructed homes by 50 percent.
 In his prepared remarks, Figueroa will cite Oakridge National Laboratory statistics indicating that the United States could cost- effectively reduce total energy use in the residential sector (both new and existing homes) by 11 to 12 percent by the year 2000. He will also report that the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment estimates that 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions derive from energy use in the residential sector. Then, Figueroa will make the point: "Clearly improving energy efficiency of the residential sector offers great potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from current levels."
 Figueroa will explain that the Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) and the Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) have helped encourage home buyers to purchase energy-efficient homes and home owners to upgrade homes by installing energy-conservation measures.
 "The mortgage lending industry has shown an increased interest in recognizing the added value offered by homes which operate more efficiently," according to Figueroa. "The secondary lending market -- Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD and VA -- have all adopted guidelines recognizing the benefits of increased energy efficiency in housing but needs to vigorously inform and promote these guidelines to their constituencies."
 During the White House conference, other workshops are scheduled to focus on the U.S. economy, commercial energy sector, industrial energy sector, energy supply, energy demand and environmental concerns about greenhouse gases.
 The conference participants will be invited back for follow-up workshops later this month or in early July to further explore ideas and issues raised in this week's workshops. The objective is to provide information and data to aid the Clinton Administration's analysis of the impacts of policy options. The president has indicated he wants to formulate an action plan that is "good not only for the environment, but for American businesses, consumers and labor as well."
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: To receive additional copies of this news release in alternate format, contact: Washington State Energy Office, 925 Plum St. S.E., P.O. Box 43165, Olympia, WA 98504-3165, 206-956-2000, or TDD 206-956-2218/
 /CONTACT: Fawn Hutchinson of the Washington State Energy Office, 206-956-2085/


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