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April 2016

Blog | April 29, 2016

Making sense of commercial-sector energy use data

Commercial-sector energy use in the US increased by 63% from 1979 to 2012, rising from total source energy use of 10.6 quads in 1979 to a peak of 18.4 quads in 2008 before declining to 17.4 quads in 2012.  This growth can largely be attributed to a corresponding increase in commercial building floor area, which grew by 70% over the same period. But that is only part of the story. As the graph below illustrates, as floor area has trended upward over time, energy use per square foot has gone up and down, peaking in the 1999-2003 period but declining since then.

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Blog | April 29, 2016

Can energy efficiency rise to its $279 billion potential and help meet climate goals?

Energy efficiency financing has seen record growth over the past year.

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Blog | April 28, 2016

A DOE budget request sheds light on the future of advanced manufacturing

The Department of Energy’s 2017 budget request was released back in February, and is now awaiting congressional approval. The request included $261 million for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), the part of DOE that focuses on energy use in the manufacturing sector.

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Blog | April 27, 2016

Want to use energy efficiency to benefit low-income communities in planning for the Clean Power Plan? We’ve got a guide for that.

The Clean Power Plan may be stayed, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to guide states who are considering their compliance options. This morning, EPA indicated its commitment to moving ahead with the Clean Power Plan by sending a proposal on the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) to the Office of Management and Budget.

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Blog | April 22, 2016

Intelligent efficiency & continual commissioning

One of the more vexing challenges for those in the energy efficiency program sector is ensuring that savings resulting from the implementation of an efficiency measure persist over time. Fortunately, a solution exists: intelligent efficiency can prevent the degradation of energy savings, and in some instances increase savings over time.

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Press Release | April 20, 2016

Report: “Energy Burden” on Low-Income, African American, & Latino Households up to Three Times as High as Other Homes, More Energy Efficiency Needed

Data Gauge Impact of Energy Costs on Low-Income, African-American, Latino, and Renter Residents; Low-Income Households in Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, Providence, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Cleveland Suffer Heaviest “Energy Burden”  

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Press Release | April 20, 2016
Blog | April 18, 2016

Proposed RGGI raid puts Connecticut’s continued leadership in energy efficiency at risk

Connecticut may be a small state, but in recent years it has become a big leader in energy efficiency. As one of only seven states with a formal goal of achieving all cost-effective energy efficiency, Connecticut has consistently ranked among the top ten in ACEEE’s annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

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Blog | April 14, 2016

Looking at studies that are critical of energy efficiency: identifying useful findings and where they fall short

Several papers in the last few years claim to show that particular energy efficiency programs and policies do not work or are too expensive. We have commented on some of these in blog posts (see herehere, and here), noting that some of them do have useful insights, but also that many of them make serious mistakes.

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Blog | April 11, 2016

Replacing retiring power plants, is it a two-horse or three-horse race?

There’s been a steady drumbeat of reports about coal and other power plant retirements in the face of low natural gas prices, aging plants, and new environmental regulations. As discussed in a recent ACEEE blog post, electricity use has been flat in recent years, although many forecasts continue to project modest growth (e.g., EIA projects electricity consumption to increase 0.8% per year).

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