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February 2014

Blog Post | February 28, 2014

New Refrigeration Efficiency Standards To Take a Bite out of Supermarket and Restaurant Energy Costs

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule for strong new efficiency standards today that will take a big bite out of the energy consumption of the refrigerators and freezers used in supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and commercial kitchens.

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Blog Post | February 27, 2014

Legislation As a Team Sport: Can Shaheen-Portman Score a Win?

In the Winter Olympics that just concluded in Sochi we saw amazing examples of coordination and synchronization in event after event, from bobsled to ice hockey to pairs figure skating. Unfortunately, we seldom see this kind of cooperation on display these days in Congress. Too often it seems like every member is heading in a different direction, and the sled goes nowhere.

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Blog Post | February 25, 2014

U.S. Electricity Use is Declining and Energy Efficiency May be a Significant Factor

U.S. electricity sales peaked in 2007 and have been declining modestly since then. Sales in 2012 were 1.9% lower than 2007 sales, and sales in the first ten months of 2013 are below the same period in 2012. While the economic recession is an obvious explanation for the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to decline since then, even as the economy began to recover.

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Blog Post | February 24, 2014

Fast-Tracked Opt-Out Legislation Would Derail Indiana’s Successful Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

Proposed legislation in Indiana (SB 340) would devastate the state’s very promising energy efficiency programs, which were created under order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in 2009. SB 340 would allow any customer of 1 MW demand or greater to immediately “opt out” of paying any rate charges to support energy efficiency programs. This would not only exclude industrial customers (which account for 47% of the load in Indiana), but many large commercial and institutional customers as well.

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Blog Post | February 21, 2014

Moving On Up: EERS Policies Now Implemented in 26 States

State-led energy efficiency efforts have made significant progress this year, particularly energy efficiency resource standards (EERS), or policies that require long-term energy savings. ACEEE has been tracking EERS policies for many years, and the past few have been a bit of a rollercoaster. Beginning in 2004, several states a year committed to EERS targets, and by late 2010 we counted twenty-six states with EERS policies in place. But, like any good roller coaster ride, the upward climb was followed by a downward drop.

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Blog Post | February 19, 2014

New Legislation Would Direct Long-Overdue Study of Motor System Use in U.S.

Did you know that motors use about half of the electricity in the U.S.? From large industrial machines, to commercial equipment, to home appliances, to even our computers and smart phones, motors are everywhere. Unfortunately we don’t have many details on how the energy use is distributed among the motors’ loads because it has been over 15 years since U.S. Department of Energy [no-glossary](DOE)[/no-glossary] commissioned the last national motor study, and the U.S.

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Blog Post | February 12, 2014

New Tracker Shows How Appliance Standards Are Driving Down Pollution While Saving the Nation Billions

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama said we need to “act with more urgency” on climate change and also pledged to make this “a year of action.” Fortunately, when it comes to new appliance, equipment, and lighting efficiency standards, the administration has already made very good progress.

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Blog Post | February 3, 2014

DOE’s New Power Supply Standards Are a Big Win for Consumers and the Environment

Thanks to a new national standard announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy [no-glossary](DOE)[/no-glossary], power adapters--the sometimes bulky and annoying boxes on the power cords of your electronic gadgets--will waste a lot less energy. Just as importantly, DOE deferred new national standards for battery chargers, allowing strong existing standards in California and Oregon to remain in place.

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