As 2013 draws to a close, it's useful to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the coming one. Despite political and economic headwinds, the states and federal and local governments continued to make progress on energy efficiency policies in 2013. Among the states, Mississippi and Louisiana decided to begin utility programs, and Connecticut and Maine passed legislation to advance efficiency initiatives.
What energy efficiency policies make sense for your community? This question is not always easy to answer. Energy efficiency can be a complex topic. It is made more difficult because there are few one-size-fits-all solutions for every project, program, or policy. However, tools like ACEEE’s new local energy efficiency policy calculator (LEEP-C) can make this complex question a little bit easier to answer.
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.
<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100514/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy">Three federal data reports released today</a> provide further evidence of a sustained recovery in the manufacturing sector.