In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA). This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures, which have largely been overlooked in recent discussions and analyses of ACESA. When analyses ignore the readily available benefits from energy efficiency they distort how energy and climate legislation, such as ACESA, could affect American consumers and the U.S. economy.
ACEEE's analysis of this legislation demonstrates that improving the energy efficiency provisions in ACESA by including a stand-alone energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) requiring 10% cumulative savings by 2020 (instead of the ACESA Combined Efficiency and Renewable Electricity Standard, or CERES), directing one-third of electric local distribution company allowances to energy efficiency, and sustaining State Energy and Environmental Development funding at 9.5% of allowance revenue through 2030 provides significant additional consumer savings and carbon reductions and creates more jobs than the original bill. As the Senate begins to consider climate and energy legislation, it has the opportunity to incorporate these suggested improvements.
This report, Energy Efficiency in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009: Impacts of Current Provisions and Opportunities to Enhance the Legislation, discusses these national-level impacts and breaks them down on a state-by-state basis. This study uses electric and gas program cost values from a new ACEEE survey, Energy Efficiency Holds Steady at 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour, Even as Costs of New Power Generation Rise.
These improvements would bring economic and environmental benefits to every state in the country. State results of the ACEEE study were released at over forty-five nationwide events organized by Environment America and a broad network of businesses, faith and community leaders, and clean energy advocates.