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Blog Post | July 15, 2014

Shining a bright light on Florida utility savings

Every 5 years, the Florida Public Service Commission is required by the Florida Energy Efficiency Conservation Act to evaluate its energy savings goals and select programs for inclusion in its next 10-year plan. These reviews offer an opportunity for Florida to look back at the past, and forward to the future, and determine just how much energy their programs can save. In recent years, states all over the country have bulked up their energy savings goals, planning for affordable, reliable, clean energy.

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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 5, 2014

Introducing ACEEE’s new and improved State and Local Policy Database

State and local governments are laboratories for innovation in energy efficiency policies and programs. Policymakers, regulators, and citizens at all levels increasingly recognize that energy efficiency is crucially important to their economies and are increasingly taking action and seeking information on policies and programs in their communities. Today ACEEE is launching a new database tool that highlights the energy efficiency leadership—and opportunities for improvement—of state and local governments around the United States.

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Press Release | November 14, 2013

Mississippi Emerging as Regional Leader in Energy Efficiency

Portfolio of Policies and Programs Could Meet 13% of Electricity and 10% of Natural Gas Demand, Create 32,000 Jobs, and Generate $4.3 billion in Economic Growth by 2025

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Press Release | November 6, 2013

Massachusetts Most Energy-Efficient State in 2013 with California Close Behind at #2, Mississippi is Most Improved

Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, NY, OR, CT, RI, VT, WA, MD, and IL

5 States Most Needing Improvement : ND, WY, SD, AK, MS

5 Most Improved States: MS, ME, KS, OH, and WV

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Blog Post | October 30, 2013

Where Does Your Community Stand in the Race to an Energy-Efficient Economy?

The recently released 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranked 34 of the largest U.S. cities on their efforts to save energy—but we don’t think large cities should have all the fun. In order to help other cities see where they stack up, today ACEEE released the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool (Version 1.0 BETA).

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Blog Post | October 24, 2013

Intelligent Efficiency: It’s Smart, It Fixes Failures, and It Saves What Otherwise Was Lost

Intelligent efficiency refers to a systematic approach to saving energy that marries traditional energy efficiency with wireless and cloud-based computer technologies. These technologies enhance our ability to gather, interpret, and act upon energy information in order to improve performance and achieve new levels of energy savings.

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Blog Post | October 11, 2013

Reading the Tea Leaves: End-Use Efficiency and the Clean Air Act

[no-glossary]In late September, the ether was all abuzz with news of EPA’s proposed New Source Performance Standards for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. Since then, many attempts have been made to read the tea leaves in hopes of predicting what approach EPA will take to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants—the big fish in terms of potential pollution benefits (86% of U.S.

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Blog Post | October 2, 2013

Using the Energy-Water Nexus to Build Better Programs

In the pursuit of new and more significant energy efficiency savings, ACEEE has published several reports outlining some of the innovative ways utilities can help their customers reduce energy waste through program design and new technologies.

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Blog Post | July 31, 2013

Saving Drops, Watts, and CO2

President Obama’s speech on climate change back in June specifically called on new and existing power plants to reduce carbon pollution. As the nation considers how to best reduce greenhouse gases from the energy sector we should not leave out the impact of water use on carbon emissions.

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