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Blog Post | April 19, 2018

Energy efficiency can help 32 states meet clean air rules by cutting pollution

Energy efficiency is a proven, low-cost way to reduce pollutants, and it can significantly help 32 states comply with US air quality regulations, according to our new report, Mission Attainment: Incorporating Pollution Reductions from Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans.

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Press Release | February 21, 2018

Save Energy, Protect Health: How Energy Efficiency Can Prevent 30,000 Asthma Attacks Each Year

Washington, DC—Saving energy can reduce the number of asthma attacks and other harmful health effects of air pollution from power plants, according to Saving Energy, Saving Lives: The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency, a pioneering new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility that looks at the impact of energy efficiency on US states and cities.

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Blog Post | February 6, 2018

Energy efficiency can clean the air we breathe (third part of video series)

In a new three-part video series, ACEEE explores how energy efficiency can improve people’s health. We hear the stories of homeowners in three states. Our first part explored efficiency’s impact in rural West Virginia, and our second part looked at the impact in the city of  Baltimore, MD. Part Three takes us to Pittsburgh, PA.

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Blog Post | January 8, 2018

Energy efficiency can help address childhood asthma (second part of video series)

In a new three-part video series, ACEEE explores how energy efficiency can improve people’s health. We hear the stories of homeowners in three states. Our first part explored efficiency’s impact in rural areas. To look at its effect in urban areas, Part Two takes us to Baltimore, MD.

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Blog Post | December 12, 2017

Our new three-part video series explores the health impacts of energy efficiency

In a new three-part video series, ACEEE explores how energy efficiency can improve people’s health. We hear the stories of homeowners in three states. To look at efficiency’s impact in rural areas, Part One takes us to McDowell County, West Virginia.

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Blog Post | October 13, 2017

The proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan shortchanges the benefits of energy efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency, in its proposal this week to repeal the Clean Power Plan, ignores the full benefits of energy efficiency — a key strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the repeal language focuses on a legal interpretation of the Clean Air Act that, if upheld, would likely take some of the best options for reducing emissions off the table.

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Blog Post | May 31, 2017

Save Energy, Save Lives: Announcing ACEEE’s newest program, Health and Environment

Spring is peak season for allergies and asthma. As a result, May has been declared National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. While our air is getting cleaner overall, the number of people with asthma keeps growing.

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Blog Post | February 12, 2016

Four reasons we can breathe easy despite the Supreme Court’s stay

Earlier this week the Supreme Court granted a motion to stay the Clean Power Plan while the DC Circuit Court hears arguments. That means there is a freeze on the rulemaking process while the CPP goes through legal challenges in the DC Court. What does it mean for energy efficiency?

Not much. Here’s why:

1. Regulation of CO2 from power plants is still going to happen. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to regulate greenhouse gases from major emitters. They’ve done it for cars, and power plants are next on the list.

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