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Blog Post | June 5, 2018

Program administrators can stay ahead of the curve with high-efficiency air conditioners

With as many as four billion additional air conditioning units expected to be in use by 2050, the value of highly efficient air conditioners will only increase over the next few decades. The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently predicted that as power plants generate more electricity for these units, greenhouse gas emissions could nearly double from 1.25 billion tons in 2016 to 2.28 billion tons in 2050.

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Press Release | June 18, 2015
Blog Post | November 24, 2014

Conquering the evening peak

As you may know, I’ve been thinking about issues relating to the utility of the future, as documented in our June 2014 report. The report mentions, but does not emphasize, a potential emerging trend that could have a large impact on many utilities: the reduction of the traditional mid-afternoon peak, and the growth of an evening peak. (Peak is the time when demand for power is highest.)

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Blog Post | August 11, 2014

4 ways your city can be cooler next summer

This summer was a scorcher. Heat waves repeatedly struck the Midwest and South, sparing only sections of the Northeast. All of California is still in a drought. Cities were especially hot due to their concentration of buildings and human activity, a phenomenon called the urban heat island effect. At times, it may have felt impossible to beat the heat.

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Press Release | June 10, 2011

U.S. Sets First Regional Energy-Saving Standards for ACs and Furnaces, Upgrades National Heat Pump Standards


Consensus Standards Developed by Advocates and Industry Will Save Consumers Billions

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Blog Post | January 12, 2011

Our Perspective on the “Rebound Effect” – Is It True That the More Efficient a Product Becomes, the More Its Owner Will Use It?

Two recent articles have argued that as the energy efficiency of products improve, it becomes less expensive to operate these products and as a result, people increase their use of these products, increasing energy use and potentially wiping out the energy savings caused by the efficiency gains.
 

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Press Release | December 16, 2010

Congress Likely to Extend, But Modify, Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives for Appliances, New Homes, and Retrofits to Existing Homes

Washington, D.C.The tax package that passed the Senate yesterday and is likely to pass the House of Representatives soon includes extensions and revisions to three existing federal energy efficiency tax incentives: for appliances, a one-year extension; for new homes, coverage for  2010 and 2011; and for home retrofits, one year with modifications.

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