September 2011

September 29, 2011
This summer marked the two-year anniversary of the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (CARS) program, more fondly known as “Cash for Clunkers.” We know that the program provided consumers with a hefty chunk of money to trade in their older,...
September 26, 2011
Policies to improve the energy use information available to building owners, operators, buyers, and tenants have proliferated in the past few years.  The City of Austin, Texas and its municipal electric utility, Austin Energy, have been leaders in...
September 22, 2011
The uncertain economy and fluctuating gasoline prices have made consumers more discerning about their vehicle purchases. At the same time, the federal government is taking steps to ensure that future generations of vehicles will use less petroleum...
September 16, 2011
The 2012 Farm Bill is still several months away from really heating up, but we are already starting to think about what our priorities should be.  Given today’s political climate, it seems likely that there will be some deep funding cuts compared...
September 12, 2011
As I start my fourth week here at ACEEE, it seems like a good moment to introduce myself and at the same time offer some glimpses of where we hope to take the Behavior and Human Dimensions Program over the next year. My name is Susan Mazur-Stommen...
September 8, 2011
Among the proposed policies rumored to be in President Barack Obama’s Thursday, September 8 jobs address is the creation of a national infrastructure bank. If we really want to stimulate both the economy and job creation it is important that an...