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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...
Policy Brief - July 02, 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...
Research Report - June 17, 2014

The urban heat island (UHI) effect is a global phenomenon in which dark, impermeable surfaces and concentrated human activity cause urban temperatures to be several degrees hotter than those in surrounding areas. Urban heat islands impose negative effects on local and global public health, air...

Fact Sheet - June 12, 2014

A broad range of engine and vehicle technologies are now available or under development to increase the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles beyond the technologies needed to meet the existing fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards, adopted in 2011. An analysis by ACEEE and four other...

Research Report - June 11, 2014

The energy utility industry is facing many challenges, with sales stagnating, use of distributed generation growing, infrastructure aging, and environmental regulations tightening. In the past utilities, could make money by serving growing loads and earning returns on the large capital...

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