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July 2017

Blog | July 27, 2017

New ENERGY STAR-like label enters the marketplace; Join us to learn more

In mid August, we’re holding a pre-conference Summer Study meeting in Denver to explain and discuss something big. Really big!

We started the Extended Motor Product Label Initiative (EMPLI) three years ago to create an ENERGY STAR®-like label for commercial and industrial products: fans, pumps, and air compressors to start, and drives and maybe elevators and escalators in the future.

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Blog | July 24, 2017

Who Invests in Energy Efficiency and Why?

This blog post is the second in a three-post series on understanding and increasing investments by businesses and individuals in energy efficiency. In the first post, we discussed current energy efficiency investments in the United States, which we estimate total about $60-115 billion per year. This number includes investments driven by policy, private market investments, and a mix of the two.

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Blog | July 19, 2017

Natural gas efficiency has shown impressive advances, and the future looks promising

The majority of studies on utility-funded energy efficiency programs focus on electricity; natural gas traditionally receives much less attention. To help rectify this imbalance, today we are releasing a new report, Natural Gas Energy Efficiency: Progress and Opportunities. In this graphics-rich report, we provide a summary of natural gas efficiency efforts and accomplishments and look ahead at efficiency-related opportunities and issues.

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Blog | July 18, 2017

How many billions do US businesses and individuals invest in energy efficiency each year?

This is the first post in a three-part series on understanding and increasing investments in energy efficiency by businesses and individuals. The second post discusses the motivations for investment, and the third discusses approaches that could increase investment in the future.

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Blog | July 11, 2017

Utility programs can help low-income customers keep the lights on, but some do better than others

As households ramp up air conditioners to stay cool this summer, many will find themselves with higher energy bills. Paying these bills will be easier for some than for others. Low-income households, who spend on average three times more of their income on energy bills than other households, will undoubtedly find it more difficult to adjust to higher bills in both the summer and winter months.

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Blog | July 11, 2017

Don’t drop low-hanging fruit of truck fuel efficiency

A key element of the “Phase 2” heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards adopted last fall was the program’s inclusion of trailers for the first time. That addition alone will deliver a cost-effective 7% improvement in tractor-trailer fuel efficiency.

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