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April 2017

Blog | April 28, 2017

Coal is big. Solar’s bigger. But energy efficiency is the biggest.

The New York Times recently reported that the solar industry now employs more people than the coal industry. It made the point well by featuring the accompanying graphic, based on Department of Energy data that track employment in various energy sectors:

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Blog | April 27, 2017

New bill would treat PACE like a mortgage and take away consumer choice

Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs have been an unqualified success story for consumers’ pocketbooks and the economy, helping to finance almost $4 billion in clean energy upgrades and create tens of thousands of jobs. Despite this success, some in Congress are advancing a bill that would undercut the future of these programs.

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Blog | April 26, 2017

How big is the market for intelligent efficiency technology? You may be surprised

Our new research reveals that sales of learning thermostats, a very popular form of intelligent efficiency, are expected to be three times as high this year as they were in 2013. This surge suggests broad future use of technologies that can save dramatic amounts of energy.

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Blog | April 19, 2017

Western States Poised to Spring Forward on Energy Efficiency

This spring, two western states are likely to decide on efforts that would yield dramatic energy savings, more jobs, and cleaner air. Legislators in Colorado and Nevada are weighing whether to improve and extend long-term energy efficiency targets.

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Blog | April 10, 2017

State regulators can play a critical role in unleashing building energy data

The 21st century has ushered in a new era of measuring personal progress. With wearable technologies, we can now collect more personal data than we ever thought possible, from heart rate and step count to standing time and sleep quality. The ability to measure what we want to manage in real time has brought new meaning to the phrase “big data.” Improved tools for data collection and analysis have not been limited to health metrics. Technologies for collecting energy data in our homes and buildings have improved, producing more and better data than ever before.

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Press Release | April 6, 2017

Maryland Renews Landmark Energy Efficiency Initiative

Washington, D.C.The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today commended Maryland lawmakers for extending the successful EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency program. Under the current plan, EmPOWER Maryland will save customers $4 billion on their utility bills, and once the program is extended, create an estimated 68,000 additional jobs in Maryland, according to reports published by ACEEE earlier this year.

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