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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 E1502 - June 30, 2015

In 1980, energy efficiency researchers formed the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). As we turn 35 years old this year, we thought it would be useful to look at energy efficiency progress over the past 35 years and to also look at possible and recommended pathways for the...

Research Report U1502 - May 19, 2015

The second biennial ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. We ranked 51 large US cities for their energy efficiency efforts across five policy...

White Paper - February 10, 2016

The industrial sector offers tremendous opportunity for low-cost energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. ACEEE created this collection of four tools to communicate the value of ratepayer-funded industrial energy efficiency programs to policymakers, state governments, utility...

Fact Sheet - February 09, 2016

This fact sheet reviews the status of self-direct programs and opt-out provisions by state and contains tips for designing successful self-direct programs. It includes a US map indicating the states that offer some kind of self-direct option for large customers and the states that allow some or...

Fact Sheet - February 09, 2016

This fact sheet challenges four common myths about industrial opt-out provisions and provides facts to address these misconceptions. It may help regulators and legislators evaluate opt-out arguments. It may also help efficiency advocates develop talking points for communicating with policymakers...

Fact Sheet - February 09, 2016

This fact sheet explains how combined industry and utility investments increase energy savings while providing additional value to businesses. It also discusses six ways that participation in industrial programs can lower costs for business customers. The information may be most useful where...

Fact Sheet - February 09, 2016

This fact sheet summarizes some of the broad benefits of industrial energy efficiency programs. It provides 10 tips for how to design good utility programs that are responsive to the needs of large customers. The information may be particularly useful in identifying opportunities for improving...

Research Report - January 19, 2016

Updated February 1st. If you've already downloaded SUPR 2, please download this updated version.

EPA’s Clean Power Plan allows states to pick from many pollution-reducing technologies and policies—including energy efficiency—when designing...

Research Report - December 17, 2015

This new 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 2015 City Scorecard. The brief user guide shows you how to use the application to evaluate community-wide initiatives,...

Research Report - December 16, 2015

Information and communications technologies (ICT) can automate and transform the evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) of energy efficiency programs. In both the residential and the commercial and industrial sectors, ICT enables the remote monitoring and sophisticated analysis of...

Research Report - December 02, 2015

The benefits of energy efficiency extend beyond energy savings. Homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities gain comfort, health, and safety benefits from energy efficiency programs. Additional benefits for businesses include savings on maintenance, materials, and the costs of...

Research Report - November 12, 2015

Utility energy efficiency has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, and much attention has rightfully focused on investor-owned utilities. Much less attention has been given to public power sector, even though it accounts for one-fourth of US electric sales and will need to be a key...

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