Policy Briefs

Policies to improve energy efficiency can reduce oil imports, improve the reliability of the U.S. electric grid, save consumers money, reduce air pollution, create jobs, and reduce prices. These are short policy statements about ACEEE's positions on key energy efficiency issues.

Policy Brief[field_report_number] - July 2, 2014
Congress Should: Include distributed resources, such as CHP and locally generated solar and wind energy, as part of any plans for a national smart grid. Support regulatory models that allow both customers and utilities to benefit from the smart grid. Support research on the potential benefits of a...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - July 2, 2014
Congress Should: Encourage states to establish least-cost, integrated resource planning requirements. State Legislatures and Regulators Should: Establish least-cost, integrated resource planning requirements. Require utilities to acquire all cost-effective energy efficiency prior to investments in...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - July 2, 2014
Congress should: Recommend and encourage decoupling and shareholder incentives as part of a strong federal energy efficiency resource standard (EERS). State legislators and regulators should: Create regulatory frameworks that align utility financial objectives with saving energy through customer...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - July 2, 2014
Congress Should: Refine depreciation periods to more accurately reflect the average service lives of equipment Reform existing energy efficiency tax incentives Promote capital investment in manufacturing Consider establishing a price on emissions if additional revenues are needed to reduce marginal...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - July 2, 2014
Congress Should: Provide a stable investment environment for energy efficiency through sustainable funding and financing resources. Reauthorize and fully fund the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) that provides cities, counties, states, territories, tribes resources to develop...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - April 9, 2014
In reauthorizing federal transportation programs, Congress should: Broaden the National Freight Policy to include all freight modes Expand required freight performance measures and targets to include modal balance, resiliency, and energy efficiency Ensure adequate support for innovation and...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - August 18, 2010
Congress should… Restore and expand funding for the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, which provides energy assessments to small- to mid-sized manufacturers and trains energy engineers. Increase funding for the Industries of the Future (IOF) program, which provides industry-...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - July 1, 2010
Congress should… Assure that Energy Star® and other government labeling programs recognize and appropriately treat emerging technologies that promise great benefits, even before they have substantial market share. Promote the highest efficiencies available for federal purchases. Actively...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - February 26, 2010
As unemployment in America remains high, it is incumbent on Congress to quickly take steps to revitalize existing manufacturing and create new jobs. Manufacturing produces wealth, encourages economic growth, and has been a key factor in this country's high standard of living. No effort to repair...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - May 4, 2009
The ability to develop and deploy new technology is the reason for our international competitiveness. I have listed some steel industry facts below and these are representative of the type of gains also made in other manufacturing sectors: The domestic steel industry is the lowest CO2 emitter among...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - March 24, 2009
Volatile energy prices and supplies in the U.S. are the result of the global supply chain. Economic uncertainty has led to a dramatic drop in manufacturing employment and production. Reducing energy intensity to reduce demand and environmental costs is a policy priority. Improving manufacturing...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - November 1, 2008
For over 30 years, the U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program has provided small and medium-sized manufacturing firms with the technical assistance necessary to make important energy efficiency improvements in their facilities. The IAC program has relied on the...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - June 11, 2007
DOE's Industrial Technology Program - Co-Investing in Materials Manufacturing Innovation The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) at DOE is meeting its government-established goals [reduced dependence on foreign oil, reduced environmental impact, job growth and retention by advancing...
Policy Brief[field_report_number] - August 28, 2002
Create a level playing field for combined heat and power (CHP) systems to secure the national benefits of significant improvements in energy efficiency and electric power reliability in US markets. To develop model legislative language that can be used both federally and at the state level to...