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Blog Post | January 24, 2018

Utilities can do more to reap energy-water nexus benefits

Many utilities are missing out on additional energy and water savings—and related benefits—despite beginning to place more value on the link between water and energy, according to our new report, Saving Watts to Save Drops: Inclusion of Water Efficiency in Energy Efficiency Programs. The report examines energy utilities’ efforts to capture and value the water savings achieved through their energy efficiency programs.

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Blog Post | January 18, 2018

Vehicle standards spur fuel economy gains. A rollback would throw us into reverse.

With the threat of a rollback looming, two new reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles are working. Furthermore, new models, such as those on display at the Detroit Auto Show this week, show that additional gains are within reach.

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Blog Post | January 8, 2018

Energy efficiency can help address childhood asthma (second part of video series)

In a new three-part video series, ACEEE explores how energy efficiency can improve people’s health. We hear the stories of homeowners in three states. Our first part explored efficiency’s impact in rural areas. To look at its effect in urban areas, Part Two takes us to Baltimore, MD.

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Blog Post | January 2, 2018

2018 will be a year of seizing opportunities and facing challenges

The past year has been eventful for energy efficiency, bringing progress in some areas and backsliding in others. We have made significant progress and are poised for more, particularly at the state and city levels. Meanwhile, we face substantial challenges at the federal level, and will continue to emphasize defense in 2018, while also working to develop new strategies for progress.

Given 2017, we have reasons to be optimistic about continued progress in energy efficiency:

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Blog Post | December 20, 2017

What the tax bill may mean for energy efficiency

Although the tax bill passed by Congress today will bring the largest changes to taxes (and government revenue) seen in decades, we don’t expect the bill to have such a dramatic impact on energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | December 20, 2017

Smart buildings save energy and improve occupant comfort

Smart technologies can reduce a building’s energy use by nearly a fifth and yield additional benefits, such as increased worker productivity, according to our new report, Smart Buildings: a Deeper Dive into Market Segments. This report documents how many types of buildings — not just the biggest and ritziest — can benefit from the latest interconnected technologies, from simple occupancy sensors to complex energy management and information systems.

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Blog Post | December 14, 2017

Mayors tout the importance of energy efficiency in meeting climate goals

At the North American Climate Summit this month in Chicago, city officials from several countries recognized energy efficiency as an important emissions reduction strategy. Many described how they are making it part of their climate action plans.

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Blog Post | December 13, 2017

We can harness markets to scale energy efficiency; Our report shows how

During the holiday season, we are inundated with marketing messages as well as goods and services — hallmarks of our market economy. Popular products include holiday lights, once made only with incandescent bulbs but now mostly with LEDs. This shift to efficient LEDs is an offshoot of a much larger market transformation in lighting, which has saved vast amounts of energy.

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Blog Post | December 12, 2017

Our new three-part video series explores the health impacts of energy efficiency

In a new three-part video series, ACEEE explores how energy efficiency can improve people’s health. We hear the stories of homeowners in three states. To look at efficiency’s impact in rural areas, Part One takes us to McDowell County, West Virginia.

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Blog Post | December 6, 2017

The hidden gem of wholesale energy markets: Energy efficiency

A recent federal proposal puts a spotlight on an uncommonly popular topic: wholesale energy markets. Our new research shows that energy efficiency has provided steadily increasing value to grid operators and customers in two such markets. Our report, Energy Efficiency in Capacity Auctions: A Historical Review of Value, finds that since they have been included, efficiency resources have almost tripled in the Mid-Atlantic auction and almost quadrupled in a similar auction in New England.

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