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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 - 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 summarizes an ACEEE baseline assessment of electric and natural gas energy efficiency programs that target low-income households in the largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country. We surveyed over 70 electric and natural gas utilities on their 2015 low-income program...

White Paper - June 20, 2017

Many new ideas may be considered in tax reform discussions. One idea is clean tax cuts—the application of supply-side tax-rate cuts for clean investments that reduce pollutant emissions. Lower tax rates for income from clean investments (where clean is specifically defined) will ...

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)...

Regulatory Filing - June 09, 2017

Comments submitted to MPSC Docket No. 2010-AD-2; Order Establishing Docket to Investigate the Development And Implementation Of Energy Efficiency Programs And Standards; Order Requesting Comments 

Research Report - June 06, 2017

Industrial customer opt-out is a policy that allows some large customers to opt out of or leave utility-sector energy efficiency programs. When a customer decides to opt out, it no longer participates in these programs and is exempt from paying the utility costs of running them. In this report,...

Fact Sheet - May 24, 2017

The Department of Energy’s SuperTruck Program is a partnership with truck manufacturers and suppliers launched in 2010 to improve freight efficiency by 50 percent. This fact sheet discusses the benefits of the first phase of the program, including U.S. manufacturers’ introduction of several key...

Research Report - May 08, 2017

The third 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 5 policy areas: local...

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