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January 17, 2012
As our Executive Director Steven Nadel pointed out in a recent blog post, energy efficiency had mixed success in 2011. At the state level, however, we saw some nice improvements, many of which were reflected in our 2011 State Energy Efficiency...
January 4, 2012
On September 21 and 22, 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich held a summit discussing the state's future energy needs and how energy impacts the state's long-term economic growth. To get a first-hand account of this event, we invited energy...
December 12, 2011
ACEEE released its most recent version of the popular annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard in October. As in years past, the Scorecard has a category dedicated specifically to ranking states on their combined heat and power (CHP) policies...
December 1, 2011
Maryland has some of the most aggressive energy savings laws in the nation. The state’s commitment to energy efficiency offers a host of benefits to Maryland’s local economy, including consumer energy bill savings and job creation....
November 14, 2011
With unemployment hovering at a stubborn 9%, it is no wonder that job creation has become a hot topic. It is nearly impossible to read the news without encountering an article describing how a policy or industry creates a given number of jobs....
October 21, 2011
This week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its annual rankings of the 50 states and District of Columbia on their progress toward adopting and implementing various energy-efficiency policies and programs....
May 12, 2011
Anyone following the budget crises facing state governments can tell you that the policies and actions taken in state capitols can make indelible impacts on local governments. Local governments often rely on state funds, and in many cases take...
April 5, 2011
The industrial sectors of the western U.S. states are responsible for, on average, 28% of their state’s energy use. Though considerable efficiency gains have been made in the nation’s industrial sector, evidence suggests that...
March 8, 2011
Local policy is becoming an increasingly important driver for energy efficiency with local governments and other local leaders continuing to create innovative solutions even when federal and state leadership is lacking. Additionally, local...
December 22, 2010
Acting on the nexus between energy and water can contribute to creating efficient and livable communities. Examples of opportunities include energy and water equipment efficiency standards and local programs that co-promote electric, natural gas,...