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Blog | January 22, 2014

Proving Energy Efficiency Creates Jobs: Seeking A New Standard Method

Proponents of energy efficiency believe that it not only saves energy and money, it creates jobs. The stronger the evidence that energy efficiency programs and polices create economic opportunity and jobs, the greater the likelihood that federal, state, and local governments will support them. Managers of existing programs use a variety of methods to monitor and evaluate their job creation impacts in order to justify and extend the investment.

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Blog | January 14, 2014

Light Bulb Rider Could Endanger U.S. Jobs

Once again, some members of the House are trying to turn back a train that has already left the station. They have inserted a light bulb rider in the 2014 omnibus spending bill which would prohibit the Department of Energy (DOE) from enforcing the light bulb standards enacted in 2007 and signed into law by President Bush.

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Blog | January 7, 2014

Significant Progress on Energy Efficiency in 2013—And 2014 Could Be Even Better

As 2013 draws to a close, it's useful to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the coming one. Despite political and economic headwinds, the states and federal and local governments continued to make progress on energy efficiency policies in 2013. Among the states, Mississippi and Louisiana decided to begin utility programs, and Connecticut and Maine passed legislation to advance efficiency initiatives.

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Press Release | December 6, 2013

Energy Efficiency Must Be a Key Emissions Reduction Strategy, Say Leading Efficiency Groups

Energy efficiency increases need to be a key strategy in achieving carbon emissions goals, according to joint comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), in response to the agency's forthcoming new standards for existing power plants.

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Blog | November 25, 2013

Just in Time for Thanksgiving, A Feast of Energy Savings from DOE’s Proposed New Electric Motor Standards

Electric motors are about as common in U.S. industry and commercial buildings as roast turkey at Thanksgiving. According to the Energy Information Administration, about one-half of all electricity used by U.S. industry goes to power motors.

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Blog | October 17, 2013

Today Is the 40th Anniversary of the 1973 Oil Crisis and the Midpoint on the Path to a Truly Energy-Efficient Economy

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Middle East Oil Embargo. On this day 40 years ago, Middle East oil ministers recommended an embargo against nations supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur war and mandated a cut in oil exports.

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Blog | October 11, 2013

Reading the Tea Leaves: End-Use Efficiency and the Clean Air Act

[no-glossary]In late September, the ether was all abuzz with news of EPA’s proposed New Source Performance Standards for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. Since then, many attempts have been made to read the tea leaves in hopes of predicting what approach EPA will take to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants—the big fish in terms of potential pollution benefits (86% of U.S.

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Blog | October 10, 2013

Why Recent Progress in Television Efficiency Should Make You Feel Better About Binge Watching Your Favorite Shows

Those of us who have been hopelessly glued to AMC’s Breaking Bad for the past five seasons, or have been binge watching the latest Netflix offering late into the night, will be happy to learn that the new televisions bringing us these shows are becoming more and more energy efficient. On October 2, the U.S.

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Blog | October 1, 2013

New Efficiency Standards Would Tackle the Energy Hog Lurking in your Basement

[no-glossary]The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new energy efficiency standards today that would address a major energy hog that may be lurking in your basement. The new standards would reduce the energy consumption of furnace fans, which are the fans that circulate heated and cooled air supplied by furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps through ductwork in homes.

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Blog | August 30, 2013

With Americans Stocking Up for Labor Day Cookouts, New DOE Standards Will Make It Cheaper to Keep Beer Cold and Meat Frozen

Just before Labor Day weekend, the Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed two strong new energy-saving standards for commercial refrigeration equipment, which would make it cheaper for store owners to keep the drinks and food Americans buy for their cookouts—and year-round—cold and frozen.

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