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Blog Post | 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 Post | 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 Post | 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 Post | 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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Blog Post | April 21, 2015

Congress just passed an energy efficiency bill

Today, the House of Representatives passed S. 535, a modest energy efficiency bill sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). This follows Senate passage a few weeks ago. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for his approval, which is highly likely.

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Press Release | March 16, 2015

ACEEE Releases Tool for Including Building Codes in States’ Clean Power Plans

Tool Will be First in a Series of Resources that Show States How to Take Credit for Emissions Reductions from Energy Efficiency

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Blog Post | February 11, 2015

New national furnace standards will save consumers money, but stronger standards could save even more

Yesterday, the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a proposed rule for furnaces that would provide significant savings for consumers on their home heating bills, and be among the biggest natural-gas saving standards ever completed by the agency. The new standards would reduce gas and propane furnace energy consumption by about 13% relative to basic furnaces sold today.

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Blog Post | January 21, 2015

Fuel economy standards will propel America’s vehicle technology, if we let them.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama rightly pointed to a thriving domestic auto industry as a bright spot in the U.S. economy. It’s a good time to recall that the government’s 2008-2009 intervention on behalf of GM and Chrysler played a big role in that outcome, as did energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | January 5, 2015

2014 was a good year for energy efficiency. The outlook for 2015 is uncertain, but we’re guardedly optimistic.

The New Year is usually a good time to take stock of the year just ended, and to look forward to the year ahead. Regarding energy efficiency, 2014 was generally a good year. Energy-saving technologies and practices continued to advance. For example, in 2014 LED lighting became a mainstream source of light. The Design Lights Consortium now lists more than 70,000 LED lighting products.

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Blog Post | December 15, 2014

Congress wraps up with a flurry of activity affecting energy efficiency

Over the weekend the 113th Congress largely wrapped up its work. It looks like this Congress will pass just over 200 bills, the lowest number since World War II. However, before leaving home for the holidays, Congress took action on several bills that will affect energy efficiency:

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