States Still "Leading the Way" With Energy-Saving Appliance Standards: New Report Details 15 New Efficiency Standards for Common Products
BOSTON, MA and WASHINGTON, D.C. — From light bulbs to office water coolers to DVD players, new appliance energy efficiency standards could save consumers and businesses billions of dollars, ease pressure on high energy prices, eliminate the need for as many as 40 power plants, and cut global warming pollution, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP).
While the New Year has seen oil and natural gas prices fall from their dizzying post-hurricane highs, consumers shouldn't quit worrying about their energy problems. Gasoline pump prices have come down by about $1 per gallon from their $3 peaks, but crude oil prices remain high, up $30 per barrel from just two years ago.
With prices falling at the gas pump, you'd think our energy problems were over. But ACEEE keeps its eye on the ball in a new report on the continuing problems we face in natural gas markets. Gasoline prices, while the highest in years this spring, were still short of late-70s record levels in real dollars. But natural gas prices have broken into record territory and are staying high. Gas futures prices are above more than triple historic levels, and are expected to stay at least that high for at least the next four years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill to reestablish energy conservation programs in Maryland to help households save energy, reduce their utility bills, and reduce pollution died in Annapolis earlier this week. The bill (SB 397, sponsored by Sen. Brian Frosh, and its companion, HB 490, sponsored by Del. Maggie McIntosh) would have established an "Energy Saving Investment Program" (ESIP) and was virtually identical to a measure that passed the Maryland Senate in 2004 with the support of the Ehrlich Administration.
Senator Alexander Takes Significant Step Forward But House Goes Backward and Forward on Energy-Efficiency
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two significant congressional actions occurred today on federal energy legislation. First, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a new energy bill focused on natural gas designed to reduce energy prices by cutting energy demand and increasing supplies. This bill includes energy efficiency provisions that greatly improve upon energy legislation passed by the Senate in recent years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Executive Director Steven Nadel presented recommendations on the critical role that energy efficiency should play in national energy policy at hearings held today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. ACEEE's testimony can be found at http://aceee.org/tstimony/0502eenep.pdf.
In his testimony, Nadel emphasized three major points: