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Blog Post | November 10, 2014

Commission staff proposal would encroach on Arizonans’ freedom to choose how they use energy

Voters made many decisions on Election Day. Governors were chosen and new laws were adopted. But one choice Arizona voters didn’t get to make may raise utility costs for families and businesses in the state.

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Blog Post | August 6, 2014

Combined natural gas and electric utility energy efficiency programs score expanded savings

Baseball’s All-Star Game assembles teams of the best athletes to face off against each other and play at an extraordinary level, beyond what is possible during the regular season. Natural gas and electric utilities design and build dual-fuel energy efficiency programs that score added energy savings and cut costs beyond what they could have achieved on their own. While the All-Star Game happens just once each year, combined gas and electric energy efficiency programs are performing at levels beyond the ordinary on an ongoing basis.

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Blog Post | June 10, 2014

Utilities are frightened of a “death spiral.” They shouldn’t be.

The electric and gas utility industries are facing substantial changes. For decades, rising sales have contributed to increasing revenues and profits, but the combination of improved energy efficiency with the growing use of solar electric systems and other forms of “distributed energy” has reduced growth rates, which could lead to small declines in future sales.

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Blog Post | May 14, 2014

The “whole elephant” method for commercial building retrofits

Commercial buildings consume 20% of the total energy used in the United States---more than the energy consumed by all the nation’s cars, trains, and airplanes put together. A significant portion of this energy can be saved through efficiency in design, systems, and operation. Utilities and other efficiency program administrators have long been incentivizing energy efficiency measures that target various energy end uses such as lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

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Blog Post | December 19, 2013

Using the ACEEE Field Guide to Utility-Run Behavior Programs

Today ACEEE is releasing the Field Guide to Utility-Run Behavior Programs, the first comparative analysis of programs that focus on changing customer behavior to save energy. 

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Press Release | December 2, 2013

New ACEEE Report Provides Roadmap for Utilities to Reach Underserved Multifamily Customers

Report Will Be Centerpiece of White House Sponsored Roundtable with Building Owners and Utilities

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Blog Post | June 20, 2013

Developing a Field Guide to the Energy Efficiency Behavior Program Ecosystem

The Behavior and Human Dimensions staff at ACEEE have been conducting a form of ‘bird-watching’ by collecting sightings of utility-run behavior programs in the wild. We have been recording information about the variety of programs that exist, examining the frequency of their distribution, and generally seeking to ascertain how they come to occupy their specific ecological niches, including those at both electric and gas utilities.

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Blog Post | June 12, 2013

Getting the Most from Plug-In Electric Vehicles

Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have experienced significant growth recently, with sales in the first five months of this year surpassing the total sales in 2012. Recognizing the importance of this technology to the U.S.

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Blog Post | February 15, 2013

Capitalizing on Where Water and Energy Meet

Cross-posted from the blog of the U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter

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Blog Post | February 6, 2013

New Report Finds Utilities Don't Need a Free Lunch, a Cup of Coffee Will Do

Energy efficiency is good for the environment, electric reliability, and customers’ pocketbooks, and yet some utilities continue to balk. A new report on decoupling shows that utilities can collect revenues lost due to energy efficiency measures without harming customers. First, a bit of background is helpful….

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