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Blog | July 1, 2015

The E2e weatherization study: generating more heat than light

A recent academic working paper on the low-income weatherization assistance program in Michigan, by researchers associated with the E2e project, has created much controversy.

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Blog | June 30, 2015

Continuing the conversation on efficiency and the water-energy nexus

How much energy does it take to fill a glass with drinking water? If you take into account the energy to transport the water from its source through the treatment and distribution process and into your faucet, there’s a lot of embedded energy that goes into that glass of water. And that’s not even getting into any energy used in the wastewater treatment process.

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Blog | June 30, 2015

35 years of energy efficiency progress, 35 more years of energy efficiency opportunity

In 1973, the Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) imposed an oil embargo that increased energy prices, spurring efforts to conserve energy and improve energy efficiency in the US and worldwide. In 1980, energy efficiency researchers formed the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. As we turn 35 years old this year, we thought it would be useful to look at energy efficiency progress over the past 35 years, and to also look at possible and recommended pathways for the next 35 years.

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Press Release | June 30, 2015

Energy Efficiency Works: US Energy Use Per Dollar Cut in Half in Last 35 Years

Huge Advances in Energy Efficiency Spurred Economic Growth, Jobs, Lowered Bills; Consumers and Businesses Saved About $800 Billion Due to Energy Efficiency Last Year.

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Blog | June 22, 2015

Did EIA underestimate the role of energy efficiency in the Clean Power Plan?

In May, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released an analysis looking at the impacts of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). The overall EIA analysis finds that the goals in the CPP can be met, with energy efficiency, renewable energy and switching from coal to gas generation all playing a significant role, but with switching to natural gas playing the dominant role.

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Blog | June 18, 2015

States don't need to gamble with EPA rulemaking. Energy efficiency can achieve two-thirds or more of Clean Power Plan targets

A number of state leaders have gone all in, suing the EPA for a rule it hasn't even finalized yet. We've seen a first draft of EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, but the final rule could change dramatically. One thing that EPA won't change, though, is the language in the Clean Air Act that requires this rulemaking.

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Blog | June 1, 2015

CHP can help states meet their Clean Power Plan targets, and here’s how

Emissions reductions from combined heat and power (CHP) can help states comply with their obligations under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. ACEEE has released a step-by-step guide to help states do just that. ACEEE’s new CHP template is intended to help states understand how to document and claim emissions reductions that result from CHP measures in their state plans.

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Blog | May 27, 2015

How energy efficiency financing can help states meet Clean Power Plan goals

EPA’s final rule for regulating greenhouse gases from existing power plants, the Clean Power Plan, is anticipated later this summer. With just 12 months to develop compliance plans, states will have to scramble to identify their most reliable, lowest cost compliance options. In addition, they will have to find funds to pay for it all.

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Blog | May 6, 2015

New Senate bills are good news for distributed generation and the smart grid

A flurry of positive activity surrounding energy efficiency legislation took place on Capitol Hill last week, and progress continues this week with the introduction of two new energy efficiency-related bills with an emphasis on distributed generation (DG) and combined heat and power (CHP).

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Blog | April 27, 2015

On the road to bipartisan energy efficiency legislation

Now that one energy efficiency bill is before the president, the real legislative work on energy efficiency begins. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 535) is three steps forward, a collection of three useful but relatively modest provisions on residential water heaters and commercial buildings. But there is a long way to go.

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