As part of ACEEE’s commitment to making energy efficiency the centerpiece of our nation's energy policy, we develop specific energy efficiency policy initiatives; analyze their impacts; advise national, regional, state and local policymakers; and work with coalitions of environmental, consumer, business, and progressive energy organizations in order to increase our influence. We have contributed to major national energy legislation including the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987, the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
ACEEE actively participates in debates on energy policy, clean air, and climate change, developing policy recommendations and documenting how energy efficiency measures can reduce energy use, air pollutant emissions, and greenhouse gas emissions while benefiting the economy. We contributed to the Climate Change Action Plan under President Clinton in 1993 and to the National Energy Policy Act under President Bush in 2005. We frequently advise policymakers, serve on expert panels, and testify before the U.S. Congress regarding energy policy.
We help to develop and support energy efficiency programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We document the results of ongoing programs; identify funding priorities; and promote new research, development, and deployment initiatives.
ACEEE also works with state and local officials and energy efficiency advocates to develop and analyze energy efficiency policies and strategies for regions and states, including analysis of energy intensity trends and the cost savings, job creation potential, and environmental benefits of pursuing greater energy efficiency at the regional, state, and local levels. These studies and policy recommendations have helped energy efficiency advocates and influenced the energy policy debate in many regions of the U.S., including the Southwest, Northeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Pacific west.