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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,...

Fact Sheet - November 08, 2017

Millions of people work to save energy in the United States. They work in every state, across industries and technologies. To show the diverse arc of this growing workforce, we visited North Carolina. This fact sheet tells the stories of some of these workers—from manufacturers to builders,...

Fact Sheet - October 25, 2017

This fact sheet summarizes and illustrates the findings of a more detailed ACEEE study that looks at 13 packages of energy efficiency measures that together can reduce US 2040 energy use by 34% and US carbon emissions by 35%, putting us on a path to 50% savings by 2050. The packages cover...

Research Report - October 24, 2017

Energy efficiency is a powerful tool for lowering the disproportionate energy costs faced by low-income customers. Unfortunately, lack of capital, lack of credit, and aging housing stock that may need health and safety improvements often prevent these consumers from taking advantage of low-...

Research Report - October 18, 2017

EM&V (evaluation, measurement, and verification) plays many critical roles in planning, developing, and deploying energy efficiency utility system resources—and those resources are evolving. This report identifies the states that are showing policy and institutional leadership in EM&V...

Research Report - October 11, 2017

How can home energy assessments lead to more energy efficiency upgrades? Using a behavioral science approach to answer this question, we conducted an online experiment with nearly 2,000 American homeowners and explored the latest research on motivators and barriers to investment. We learned that...

Fact Sheet - October 11, 2017

Do you do home energy assessments? This one-page tips sheet is designed to help you communicate with homeowners to maximize the effectiveness of the assessment. It is based on a behavioral sciences perspective and summarizes the conclusions of the report,...

Research Report - October 02, 2017

Since 2012, Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has administered the state’s limited-income energy efficiency programs. The programs have been effective in delivering substantial energy savings for each participating household, but overall participation has been low...

Research Report - September 27, 2017

This eleventh edition of the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard again benchmarks state progress on efficiency policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting growth. We use data vetted by state energy officials to rank states in six categories—...

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...

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