WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the nation's electricity system strained to keep up with this week's heat wave, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a very weak proposal for a national minimum-efficiency standard for utility distribution transformers. Familiar sights on utility poles, distribution transformers are a crucial element of the nation's electric system.
Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today announced its commitment to the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, developed by a Leadership Committee under the sponsorship of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The Plan seeks to assist states, utilities, and others to renew and expand energy efficiency programs for customers of gas and electric utilities.
While the New Year has seen oil and natural gas prices fall from their dizzying post-hurricane highs, consumers shouldn't quit worrying about their energy problems. Gasoline pump prices have come down by about $1 per gallon from their $3 peaks, but crude oil prices remain high, up $30 per barrel from just two years ago.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines recent experience with demand response (DR) programs across the United States and seeks to better understand the relationship between demand response and energy efficiency. The study raises timely issues as the continued growth of electricity demand is putting stress on the U.S. power grid and leading to a resurgence of interest in "demand-side" resource strategies.
With federal leadership faltering, states are showing the way for energy efficiency policy. Congress seems unable to pass a comprehensive energy bill with robust efficiency policies. The Administration is eroding funding support for many core energy efficiency programs. Meanwhile: