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Research Report - June 13, 2017

This first edition of the Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard assesses the 51 largest US electric utilities across a range of energy efficiency metrics. The metrics fall into three categories critical to utility-sector efficiency: (1) quantitative savings and spending performance, (2)...

Fact Sheet - March 01, 2017

How large is the energy efficiency “industry”? At least 2.2 million people work in whole or in part on energy efficiency in the United States. If supporting jobs and jobs due to energy savings are included, the total is at least three times as large. The jobs are spread in multiple sectors and...

Research Report - April 20, 2016

Energy burden is the percentage of household income spent on home energy bills. In this report, ACEEE, along with the Energy Efficiency for All coalition, measures the energy burden of households in 48 of the largest American cities. We find that low-income, African-American, Latino, low-income...

Fact Sheet - October 27, 2015

Lowering the amount of energy we waste reduces our need to burn coal and other fossil fuels to generate electricity. Those reductions in pollution mean big gains for health, as pollutants from fossil fuel combustion contribute to four of the leading causes of death in the United States: cancer,...

Research Report - August 23, 2017

This updated version of the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool lets you score any community’s energy efficiency efforts using the metrics from ACEEE's 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The brief user guide shows you how to use the application to evaluate community-wide...

Fact Sheet - August 14, 2017

Low-income households in the Southeast spend an outsized portion of their income on home energy bills, including electricity, natural gas, and other heating fuels. Utility energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income households can reduce their energy burden, however, Southeastern utilities...

White Paper - August 02, 2017

This paper deals with the interconnection of community resilience and various aspects of energy supply and consumption—what we call local energy resilience. We discuss nine dimensions of local energy resilience (for example, transportation connectivity and thermal performance of buildings) and...

Regulatory Filing - July 28, 2017

Comments by ACEEE and SEEA, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, on the topic of evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy efficiency programs. The comments were delivered to the Virginia State Corporation Commission in reference to docket number PUR-2017-00047.

Regulatory Filing - July 26, 2017

A letter submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality referencing Executive Directive 11, “Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities.”

Research Report - July 25, 2017

National appliance standards cover products ranging from refrigerators to commercial air conditioners to electric motors. Most of today’s national standards started out at the state level. Even when state standards do not become national ones, adoption by just a few states can be enough to...

Research Report - July 19, 2017

Natural gas efficiency efforts generally receive less attention than programs to save electricity. To help rectify this imbalance, this report surveys natural gas efficiency trends and looks ahead at issues and opportunities. We begin by discussing past efficiency progress including the...

Fact Sheet - July 12, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Program is a partnership with the freight industry to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution. Launched in 2004, this program has worked with more than 3,500 shippers and logistics companies and has saved almost 200 million barrels of oil, lowered...

Fact Sheet - July 12, 2017

Pickup truck fuel economy is on the rise. EPA’s latest Fuel Economy Trends report shows that average fuel economy for new pickups increased from 16.9 mpg in 2010 to 19.0 mpg in 2016.1 That will save the average driver about $200 in fuel expenditures per year, even at current low gasoline prices...

White Paper - July 11, 2017

This paper catalogs deep retrofit activities in existing buildings. Our review of completed ultra-low energy building (ULEB) retrofit projects in the residential and commercial sectors shows that deep energy savings are technically feasible. While some buildings need extensive interventions...

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