National Policy

Blog Post | October 30, 2014

The Rebound Effect – Mountain or Molehill?

Every few years, a new paper comes out about the rebound effect and the issue receives some short-term attention. (When a consumer or business buys an efficient car or air conditioner, they may use their energy-efficient equipment a little more often or may spend some of their energy bill savings on things that use energy—these are examples of rebound effects.) ACEEE wrote a paper on the rebound effect in 2012, concluding that both direct and indirect rebound effects exist, but they tend to be modest.

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Press Release | September 18, 2014

New Air Conditioner Standards Would Rank as Biggest Energy Saver in U.S. DOE History

Proposed Standards Would Save Businesses Billions

Washington, D.C.—The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new efficiency standards today that would slash commercial rooftop air conditioner energy use by about 30%. The proposed standards would achieve the largest national energy savings of any standard ever issued by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Blog Post | September 11, 2014

How your refrigerator has kept its cool over 40 years of efficiency improvements

One of the great inventions of our time – the modern refrigerator – will get an efficiency makeover when new national efficiency standards go into effect on September 15, reducing energy use of most refrigerators and freezers by about 20-25%. The new standards take effect 100 years after the first modern refrigerators were mass-produced for general use. Before that time, consumers used iceboxes (literally boxes with ice) to keep their food cold, but food safety was an issue.

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Blog Post | September 10, 2014

Working government is not an oxymoron: How savings from federal agency actions on energy efficiency could save us $2.6 trillion

“Washington, D.C.” has become a synonym for “dysfunction” in the last few years, prompting many who care about energy efficiency policy to turn their attention to states. But that view is due to a focus on Congress and on President Obama’s interactions with Congress, where the epithet is mostly deserved. If you look beyond the white marble dome to the federal agencies, there is lots of action on energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | September 4, 2014

CHP should also be part of EPA’s Clean Power Plan building blocks

EPA’s Clean Power Plan outlines four building blocks, each of which represent a category of measures that states can use to meet the first-ever federal regulation for reducing carbon dioxide from existing power plants.

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Press Release | July 17, 2014

Germany, Italy, EU, China, and France Top Global Energy Efficiency Rankings

U.S. Places 13th Out of 16, Behind Australia, India, and South Korea; Germany Wins “World Cup” of Energy Efficiency: 2nd International Scorecard Evaluates 16 Leading World Economies on 31 Categories.

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Blog Post | July 10, 2014

Which country is the best in the world at energy efficiency?

As the World Cup comes to a close, fans are wondering which country will claim the championship. But the World Cup is not the only international competition coming to an exciting end next week. On July 17, ACEEE will release its 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which will showcase winning energy efficiency policies and programs from around the globe.

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Blog Post | June 30, 2014

The good news, and the not-so-good news, on the new DOE water heater test procedure

On Friday, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new test procedure for residential and some commercial water heaters. The new procedure addresses a number of longstanding testing issues in order to better replicate real-world usage and to more accurately measure energy consumption across various technologies. Unfortunately, DOE missed an opportunity to ensure that one of the most energy-efficient technologies, the electric heat pump water heater (HPWH), performs as expected in cold temperatures.

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Blog Post | June 25, 2014

Taming an energy hog with efficiency standards

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace fans by about 40% and also deliver improved comfort.

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Press Release | June 2, 2014

Energy Efficiency Poised for Key Role in New Power Plant Rule

Washington, D.C.—In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), made the following statement:

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