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Blog | January 1, 2016

2015 was a good year for energy efficiency. 2016 could be even better.

The past year included many successes, including quite a few that we can build on in the new year. Among the notable developments in 2015:

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Blog | December 22, 2015

New Orleans is on the move

This holiday season, New Orleans residents have cause for celebration as they receive an unexpected holiday gift: a new focus on energy efficiency savings.

Cities are responsible for the majority of energy consumption, and local governments can play a critical role in addressing energy and environmental challenges. So, cities have a real opportunity to lead by pushing for ambitious policies to reduce energy waste in their own backyard. New Orleans’ city council did just that with some recent legislation.

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Blog | December 17, 2015

Score your community’s efficiency efforts with the updated Local Self-Scoring Tool

The 2015 City Scorecard ranks 51 large US cities across five policy areas on their policies and efforts to save energy. Its focus on policies and other initiatives is meant to identify and highlight important actions cities can take to become more efficient. In the process, it offers the beginnings of an efficiency roadmap for any city that wants to save more energy.

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Blog | October 12, 2015

Air regulators, state energy officials, and the affordable housing community are working together. Here’s why.

EPA’s recently released Clean Power Plan (CPP) requires states to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants. How states meet their targets will vary, as they are able to choose from a variety of compliance approaches. Many states, however, are well positioned to incorporate energy efficiency into their compliance plans. It’s proven to be a least-cost strategy for utilities, and provides multiple benefits for the customers they serve.

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Blog | August 27, 2015

Here are some new tools to support local energy efficiency

Each step of a home improvement project requires the right tool. If you are planning to put up a new set of cabinets, for example, the first step requires measuring tape, assembly of the cabinets may require a drill, and then, finally, a hammer would be needed to actually mount them. A variety of tools—the right tools—are needed to complete the task.

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Blog | June 30, 2015

Continuing the conversation on efficiency and the water-energy nexus

How much energy does it take to fill a glass with drinking water? If you take into account the energy to transport the water from its source through the treatment and distribution process and into your faucet, there’s a lot of embedded energy that goes into that glass of water. And that’s not even getting into any energy used in the wastewater treatment process.

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Press Release | May 20, 2015

Boston, NYC, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle Rank as America’s Most Energy-Efficient US Cities

Biennial Energy Efficiency Scorecard Ranks 51 Large US Cities; Balance of Top 10 US Cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Austin, and Denver; Los Angeles One of the Most Improved Cities

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Blog | May 15, 2015

The City Energy Efficiency Scorecard is around the corner. How will your city rank?

This is a busy time of year in competitive sports. Top teams in the NBA (including our hometown Wizards) and NHL are competing for the Larry O’Brien Trophy and Stanley Cup. American Pharaoh just won the Kentucky Derby last week, and Chelsea took the Premier League title. But don’t forget about another friendly competition—the one for most energy-efficient city in the 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard! There are only five days to go until the results are released on Wednesday May 20.

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Blog | February 4, 2015

Energy efficiency and community resilience: making the connection to keep the lights on and our homes warm

Communities face a growing number of stresses that pose risks to their energy systems and economies. These include aging infrastructure in need of costly maintenance upgrades and severe weather events. Energy efficiency is a strategy—albeit not a broadly recognized one—to enhance the resilience of energy systems and the communities they serve.

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Blog | December 19, 2014

My New Year’s resolutions: get SMART, travel more, use less energy

I start thinking about my New Year’s resolution earlier than most. I like to think ahead and know what I’m getting into before committing. This year I could go to the gym more, eat fewer hamburgers, or do more traveling. OK, let’s start with just one thing. Maybe I’ll try to travel more. But how do I set the perfect goal for me? Where do I even start?

Thanks to my organization’s work on community energy planning, I know I can use the SMART goal-setting framework to wrap my head around my plans.

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