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April 2014

Blog Post | April 25, 2014

Test drive: results from first year of greenhouse gas emissions program

Data on manufacturers’ compliance with the first year (model year 2012) of greenhouse gas emissions standards for light duty vehicles is now available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The bottom line is that manufacturers as a whole have met the standards with a bit of room to spare.

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Blog Post | April 24, 2014

The long winding road toward efficient furnaces

The struggle for improved gas furnace efficiency standards may have an end in sight. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit approved a settlement between the Department of Energy (DOE) and an industry trade group. In the settlement, DOE agreed to pull back efficiency standards completed in 2011 and develop new standards in their place within two years. This new rulemaking represents another opportunity to set strong furnace standards which will save energy and cut consumers’ heating bills.

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Blog Post | April 17, 2014

SF Fed highlights the central role of efficiency in the maturing of green community development

Energy efficiency is increasingly viewed as an essential element of community development, and is arguably becoming the most appreciated and integrated “green” topic in the field. For example, a growing number of state housing finance agencies actively encourage the inclusion of energy-efficient features in the properties in which they invest.

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Blog Post | April 16, 2014

Actions have consequences: Passage of Ohio legislation will cost jobs

A lot of analysis of the impacts of the SB 310 legislation in Ohio, particularly on the state’s economy, has been in the news lately. Many of these assessments, including those from ACEEE, have focused mostly on employment numbers. But numbers are relatively abstract, and we need to remember that these numbers represent workers and their families.

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Blog Post | April 14, 2014

The new National Research Council report is a good sign for upcoming heavy-duty vehicle standards

Last week a National Research Council (NRC) committee on heavy-duty vehicles released a report on technological, market, and regulatory factors relevant to the upcoming Phase 2 heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse emissions standards.

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Blog Post | April 14, 2014

A new DOE proposal would cement a big leap in lighting efficiency, but Congress is preventing even bigger savings

New energy-saving standards for certain types of incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs proposed by the [no-glossary]Department of Energy (DOE)[/no-glossary] last Friday mark another important step in improving lighting efficiency in the United States. DOE’s proposal further advances strong standards completed in 2009. Together, the 2009 standards and the proposed increases announced last week dramatically improve reflector lamp and fluorescent tube lamp efficiency by 70% and 23% respectively.

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Blog Post | April 9, 2014

Ohio poised to take a big step backwards with SB 310

The state of Ohio is poised to take a major step backwards if its legislature enacts SB 310. The bill would gut what has been a successful energy efficiency policy that has saved ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars so far, and would save even more in the future. The passage of SB 310 would set a very bad precedent, and would lead to higher electricity bills and electricity rates for customers.

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