WASHINGTON, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Public and private sector leaders exchanged ideas yesterday to address the importance of energy efficiency in a changing economy at the 24 th annual Energy Efficiency Forum, co-hosted by Johnson Controls and the United States Energy Association, held in Washington, D.C. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120531/CG16347LOGO-a) Energy experts, legislators and business leaders outlined the importance of keeping energy efficiency at the forefront of national research and policy making to make communities and the world more secure, resilient and sustainable. Representatives discuss new bipartisan energy efficiency effortsU.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who sit on the Energy and Commerce Committee, discussed forthcoming bipartisan energy efficiency efforts at the forum. The new bipartisan efforts will focus on encouraging more energy efficiency in government and businesses to save money, create local jobs and sustain energy resources. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair delivers afternoon keynoteKeynote speaker Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) addressed the more than 300 forum attendees. "Energy efficiency is a good investment – it saves households and business owners money, creates jobs and moves our country toward a more competitive, low-carbon economy," Wyden said. "But passing an energy efficiency bill through Congress will take more than common sense and bipartisan support. It's going to take the businesses, efficiency advocates, consumers and government officials who are backing this issue to send a message that now is the time to bring an efficiency bill to a vote." Pulitzer Prize winning author focuses on energy efficiencyDaniel Yergin provided insight on his recent book, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. Yergin is one of America's most influential energy experts, vice chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and a Pulitzer Prize winning author. "Energy efficiency is one of our nation's greatest energy resources. It is also embedded throughout our economy. Capturing it requires technology, mindset, commitment, and plain old street smarts. But the payback can be huge," said Yergin. "The reason I focused on energy efficiency at the conclusion of The Quest is because of its strategic importance to our country's energy future." New energy efficiency research released by Johnson Controls PresidentDave Myers, president, Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency, shared highlights of the seventh annual Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey, which gauges the perceptions of more than 3,000 building owners and operators around the world on issues related to energy management practices, energy efficiency and renewable energy investment plans, clean technology integration and project financing approaches. This year's survey indicated public goals and private financing continue to push global momentum for energy efficiency. In fact, energy efficiency interest increased 116 percent globally since 2010, with those who set goals making the greatest strides in reducing energy use.