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August 2016

Blog | August 30, 2016

Will New England electricity consumption continue to stay flat?

In the US, electricity consumption has been essentially flat in recent years. Increased energy efficiency efforts have contributed to this lack of consumption growth, even as the US economy has grown. Looking forward, we believe that energy efficiency measures will likely drive consumption further down. However, there will be a variety of other trends affecting future electricity consumption and peak demand including:

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Blog | August 19, 2016

Our new analysis finds energy efficiency is the 3rd largest resource in the US electric power sector

Have you ever described efficiency as an energy resource and gotten a quizzical look in return? We have, even though utility system planners have been using energy efficiency for decades to make sure that power for their customers is both reliable and affordable. For those of us who have been in the energy efficiency industry for years, or even decades, we sometimes take for granted that others will understand what we mean. But we must not.

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Blog | August 18, 2016

New resource details past and future of ACEEE’s work on the water-energy nexus

ACEEE’s interest in the energy–water nexus comes from the fact that a large amount of energy is consumed in the water and wastewater industries, as well as in water end-uses, primarily water heating. Addressing water and energy efficiency together can lead to substantial cost-effective energy and water savings. Other benefits include mitigating and adapting to climate change, and increasing community resilience.

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Blog | August 5, 2016

How increasing efficiency can stem climate change impacts on the energy-water nexus

ACEEE’s first entry in our energy-water blog series outlined the ways climate change could fundamentally affect the energy-water nexus. In this post, we explore the roles of energy efficiency and water efficiency in moderating some of the adverse impacts of climate change that we covered in the prior post.

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Press Release | August 4, 2016

ASAP/ACEEE Report on Energy-Saving Standards: Next President Could Set In Motion “Enormous” Energy and Carbon Pollution Cuts Benefitting Consumers $65 Billion a Year

Obama Legacy on Appliance Standards Exceeds All Previous Presidents; What Will Next Administration Do?  Potential Carbon Pollution Cuts Equal by 2050 to Closing 60 Coal-Fired Power Plants.

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Blog | August 3, 2016

Mobile homes move toward efficiency

Do you know which government in the United States is the biggest laggard on energy codes for homes? The federal government. But that’s about to change.

Manufactured homes and the “HUD Code”

Although building codes are mostly set by states, the federal government sets codes for manufactured homes (sometimes called mobile homes) because the factory does not always know where a home will end up. Manufacturers shipped 70,519 homes in 2015, more than the number of single-family homes built in any state except Texas.

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