Press Release | April 16, 2009

Achieving Aggressive Utility Energy Efficiency Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released a new report, Meeting Aggressive New State Goals for Utility-Sector Energy Efficiency: Examining Key Factors Associated With High Savings. This report presents the results of a comprehensive national review of recent accomplishments in utility-sector energy efficiency, and an examination of key factors associated with large savings achievements.  

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Blog Post | February 25, 2009

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) Legislation

An EERS is a mandatory energy-savings target established for electric and gas distribution utilities. Such policies have been adopted in 18 states and more are pending. (Refer to our summary.) Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) introducted a bill in early February to establish a federal requirement that electric utilities achieve savings equal to 15% of their electricity sales by 2020, with a 10% by 2020 savings target for gas utilities.

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Press Release | August 7, 2008

Energy-Saving Measures Still Awaiting State Approval

Washington, D.C. — Energy conservation and efficiency programs that could save the state’s consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs are awaiting approval by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). A group of 30 business, consumer, and environmental organizations is urging the PSC to act.

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Blog Post | July 8, 2008

Investments in U.S. Energy Efficiency Market Exceed Expectations!

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.

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Blog Post | March 27, 2008

Across the Country, State Legislators Take Action on Energy Policies

In addition to Maryland, many other states are also working on new energy efficiency policies. From New Mexico to Minnesota, from Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, legislatures are moving an array of energy policy bills.

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Press Release | February 5, 2008

Alliance to Save Energy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and Energy Future Coalition Announce Support for Duke Energy's Energy Efficiency Initiative

Washington, D.C. — The Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the Energy Future Coalition reached an agreement with Duke Energy to expand its energy efficiency programs, including a more aggressive energy savings target.

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Blog Post | December 4, 2007

Energy Efficiency Is the "First Fuel" for a Growing Number of States

More and more governors, state legislators, and state agencies across the nation are turning to energy efficiency as the "first fuel" in the race for clean energy. In our recent travels, we've seen governors new and old talk about efficiency with passion and without notes, telling us this is a core concern, not a second-tier issue. Legislators are ramping up resource commitments, and utility commissions are pushing utilities harder than ever to increase efficiency investments. Highlights of recent state action include:

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