International Program

ACEEE's International program works with colleagues from transitional economies to adapt technology, program, and policy experiences from the United States to these economies.

Although most of our work pertains to the United States, ACEEE also advises and assists energy efficiency centers and programs in key developing countries. Senior ACEEE staff have made long-term commitments to help Brazil, China, and Thailand in particular.

Beginning in 1983, we conducted studies of electrical conservation potential and helped establish a successful national electricity conservation program (known as PROCEL) in Brazil. With assistance from ACEEE, PROCEL has developed and implemented numerous energy efficiency projects as well as minimum-efficiency standards. We also helped PROCEL obtain an $80 million energy efficiency loan from the World Bank and a $20 million grant from the Global Environmental Facility. In addition, we helped establish a nonprofit organization known as the National Institute for Energy Efficiency in Brazil.

Beginning in 1994, we began assisting the Beijing Energy Efficiency Center and other organizations in the People's Republic of China. We have assisted with the development of the China Green Lights Program and the China Motor Systems Energy Conservation Program; helped further adoption of appliance efficiency standards; helped to encourage manufacturers to increase the efficiency of their appliances, motors, and lighting products; and introduced integrated resource planning to Chinese utilities.

Beginning in 1989, we have assisted the Thai National Energy Policy Office and other agencies to develop minimum-efficiency standards, appliance labels, and demand-side management programs. ACEEE has also assisted or supported energy efficiency efforts in India, Egypt, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland, and other developing countries.

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International Program Staff

Executive Director