Light Duty Fuel Economy
Washington, D.C. — The Department of Transportation today announced new fuel economy standards averaging 27.3 miles per gallon for model year 2011 cars and light trucks. The standards are disappointing. They are weaker than the standards proposed last spring, and those were based on an unrealistically low gasoline price forecast. A reasonable price forecast should have led to higher standards, not lower ones.
The election is over. President-elect Obama’s transition team has already started its work, and in Congress, new leadership will be elected. What can we expect from the new Administration and a new Congress on energy efficiency policy? Probably quite a bit, since Obama emphasized energy (principally energy efficiency and renewable energy) as one of his key issues (along with the economy, health care, and education).
New Fuel Economy Standards & Other Energy Efficiency Policies Coming to a Vote Soon on Capitol Hill!
After months of work on its substance, and weeks of speculation about which provisions would ultimately be included, an energy bill is expected to be unveiled today.
Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) applauds Florida Governor Charlie Crist for "bold steps" announced July 13 that will change Florida's energy future and take important actions to combat global warming.
"Governor Crist has moved Florida toward the vanguard of states on clean energy policy by recognizing that energy efficiency is the first fuel in the race for a clean and affordable energy future," said Steven Nadel, ACEEE's Executive Director.
At long last, an increase in car and light truck fuel economy standards has passed the U.S. Senate. The Senate energy bill (an amendment to H.R.6) raises the standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020—up from today’s average of 24.6 miles per gallon. But the bill also hands the Department of Transportation discretion to lower these targets if they’re not “cost-effective,” a major weakness given DOT’s record of timid fuel economy rulemaking.