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Research Report - July 30, 2014

Smart manufacturing is the use of information and communications technology to integrate all aspects of manufacturing, from the device level to the supply chain level, for the purpose of achieving superior control and productivity. A more efficient manufacturing processes is a more energy-...

Testimony - July 24, 2014

States are increasingly taking action to help consumers and businesses reduce their energy use and costs and promote economic development through energy efficiency. In this testimony I will

  • discuss the favorable economics of energy efficiency investments;
  • provide some...
White Paper - July 23, 2014

Information and communications technology (ICT) can permit large energy savings in the freight transportation sector while improving speed, reliability, and security. Transportation and logistics professionals have been using ICT tools for decades, but the rapidly increasing sophistication of...

Policy Brief - July 23, 2014
Congress should
  • Ensure that DOE meets all deadlines for new and amended efficiency standards.
  • Provide adequate budget for DOE to effectively develop and enforce new and updated standards.
  • Eliminate budget riders or amendments that limit DOE’s ability to adopt and...
Research Report - July 17, 2014

In this second edition of the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, we analyze the world’s 16 largest economies, comprising more than 81% of global gross domestic product and about 71% of global electricity consumption. We looked at 31 metrics, divided roughly in half between...

Policy Brief - July 03, 2014
Congress Should:
  • Encourage states to adopt the NARUC model interconnection protocols.
  • Encourage states to implement improved standby rates.
  • Encourage the adoption of output-based air emissions regulations by states.
  • Provide funding for technical...
Policy Brief - July 03, 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...
Policy Brief - July 03, 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...
Policy Brief - July 03, 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...
Policy Brief - July 02, 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...

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