Congress passed an economic stimulus package over the weekend that does much to promote energy efficiency. The American Recover and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 includes several provisions modifying and expanding the scope of the energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives. A few notable changes:
A campaign by energy efficiency advocates to accomplish a 30 percent energy efficiency improvement to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) came to a head in September at the final action hearings of the International Code Council (ICC) in Minneapolis. The IECC is the national model energy code that is used by 44 states to set minimum energy efficiency requirements for residential and commercial new construction.
Nearly 1,000 participants gathered at Asilomar Conference Center in California for the 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, making the conference a major success. The biennial meeting, held August 17-22, broke the previous attendance record by more than 100 people; many would-be registrants had to be turned away due to lack of space.
On Oct. 3, 2008, the President signed into law legislation to extend many of the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives first enacted in 2005 but that expired at the end of 2007 or that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2008. The bill also includes extensions of a variety of renewable energy tax incentives. The energy efficiency provisions include:
Pacific Grove, California — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards at its biennial conference, the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, last night. These awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy, or private sector initiatives. The winners for 2008 are:
Washington, D.C. — The average person today is inundated with messages about saving energy. Unfortunately too many messages perpetuate long-standing myths, making it difficult to sort out good advice from bad. ACEEE has compiled a list of myth-busters to help separate energy savings fact from energy wasting fiction.
MYTHBUSTING FACT #1: Turning off lights, even for short periods of time, really saves energy, with little impact on the lifespan of the bulb. Turn off the lights even when you’re leaving a room for just a few minutes.
ACEEE's first-ever conference on water heating held in Sacramento, California on June 1-3 attracted 170 leading experts from manufacturing, distribution, electricity, gas and water utilities, government, and the research community.
A new ACEEE report released in May finds that investments in energy-efficient technologies reached $300 billion in 2004, or approximately three times the level of investment in new energy supply. In fact, energy efficiency may be the farthest-reaching, least-polluting, and fastest-growing energy success story of the last 50 years. The Size of the U.S. Energy Efficiency Market: Generating a More Complete Picture shows that past investments in efficiency slashed U.S.