With federal leadership faltering, states are showing the way for energy efficiency policy. Congress seems unable to pass a comprehensive energy bill with robust efficiency policies. The Administration is eroding funding support for many core energy efficiency programs. Meanwhile:
Washington, D.C. — Five years ago, when President Clinton first expounded the promise of combined heat and power (CHP) to cut power plant energy waste in half, key market barriers blocked the mainstreaming of CHP. These included utility charges prohibiting grid interconnection, too long tax depreciation schedules, emissions regulations that do not recognize the efficiency benefits of CHP, and an environmental permitting system that is too cumbersome.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With today's General Assembly vote to override Governor Ehrlich's veto of the 2003 energy efficiency standards bill, Maryland became the latest state to institute such standards for home appliances and other energy-using equipment. State action on standards, dating back to the 1980s, has been a key factor in accelerating federal action on this issue.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Can Cut Natural Gas Prices Quickly and Cost-Effectively: Consumers Would Save $103 Billion From a $7 Billion Public Investment
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Policies designed to spur new investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation could begin lowering natural gas prices immediately and help consumers save money, according to Natural Gas Price Effects of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices and Policies, a study prepared by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and released today.