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May 2017

Blog | May 31, 2017

Save Energy, Save Lives: Announcing ACEEE’s newest program, Health and Environment

Spring is peak season for allergies and asthma. As a result, May has been declared National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. While our air is getting cleaner overall, the number of people with asthma keeps growing.

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Blog | May 26, 2017

New standard practice manual for cost-effectiveness is an indispensable resource

On May 18th the National Efficiency Screening Project and E4TheFuture announced the release of the first National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM). The detailed manual guides regulators on how to develop their own jurisdictional cost-effectiveness tests of utility customer-funded energy efficiency programs. More than 40 key organizations and national experts reviewed the manual.

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Blog | May 24, 2017

Making America inefficient: the budget’s gory details

The Trump administration seeks crippling cuts to programs that accomplish the very goals of the proposed 2018 budget: jobs, economic growth, international competitiveness, and putting taxpayers first.

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Blog | May 17, 2017

Doing more with less: How the US economy grows while energy use falls

ACEEE started our DataPoint series of informative graphs in December 2015, with the first one on energy intensity and how it relates to energy efficiency. It provided data on US energy intensity and efficiency improvements from 1980–2014. Now two more years of data are available, and a revised figure is below. 

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Blog | May 16, 2017

Silent Saver Under Attack: Why We Need the Building Technologies Office

Are you happy to have cheap, efficient light bulbs that don’t flicker and hum? How about a large refrigerator that uses less electricity than the old incandescent bulb? A small government office has played a key role in all of these innovations and now helps the average American family save almost $500 each year in lower energy bills.

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Blog | May 11, 2017

How to jump-start the financing of infrastructure and efficiency? Join our discussion

President Trump’s position on clean energy has deviated from his predecessor’s, and the new political climate raises questions about how clean energy investment will fare in the future. After 100 days of the Trump administration, there is still some uncertainty, but one big opportunity.

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Blog | May 3, 2017

Where does your city rank in the 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard?

Next week we will release the 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Because it’s been two years since we published the last edition, here are some key scorecard numbers and facts to jog your memory about its contents.

100: Number of points cities could earn. No city came close to earning a perfect score in a past scorecard. Spoiler alert: it didn’t happen this time either.

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