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Blog Post | August 5, 2015

Using less energy to keep drinks cold

Late yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new standards that would reduce the energy consumed by beverage vending machines to keep drinks cold. The proposed standards would cut energy use by 25-65% relative to the least-efficient machines available now, and save money for schools, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses and institutions where beverage vending machines are used.

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Press Release | August 3, 2015

Energy Efficiency a Key Compliance Strategy for States in EPA Final Clean Power Plan Rule

Washington—Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan, a rule that sets state-specific targets for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. As the president noted in today’s announcement, one of the most promising compliance options available for states under the rule is increasing their energy efficiency.

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Press Release | July 30, 2015

Energy Efficiency in Senate Bills will Make US Economy Healthier – But One Bill Contains a Poison Pill

Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted out two bills—one shepherded by Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (the Energy Policy Modernization Act), and the other written by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (the Energy Efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 720).

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Blog Post | July 23, 2015

Congress takes three steps forward with energy efficiency bills but finish line unclear

This week has been an active one for energy efficiency on Capitol Hill. Yesterday Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and ranking member Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released a draft energy bill, with one out of the four titles focusing on energy efficiency. Also yesterday, the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved an energy bill, including several energy efficiency provisions.

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Blog Post | 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 Post | 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 Post | 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 Post | 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 Post | 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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