Washington, D.C. — As Congress begins conference discussions on the first major energy bill since 1992, the disturbing trend in higher natural gas prices and the latest power blackout call for bolder federal action to address these serious problems. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) urges Congress and the President to take stronger steps, in and beyond the energy bill now in conference, to use energy efficiency as a "first responder" in meeting these challenges.
For most of 2003, the hot national energy issue was the high prices and tight supplies for natural gas. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham held a Natural Gas Summit on June 26, and has since launched the Smart Energy Campaign to encourage consumer action on energy efficiency and conservation.
Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency programs played a crucial role in helping to respond to electric system reliability concerns last year, according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).