Policy Analysis

(Blog - 10/21/2009)
In 2009, energy efficiency has risen to a new level of recognition in the U.S. We present here our third annual comprehensive state energy efficiency scorecard to document best practices and recognize leadership among the states.  The Scorecard...
(Press Release - 1/11/2017)
New Analysis Shows Maryland Energy Efficiency Program Has Far-Reaching Benefits Baltimore, MD—Maryland electric customers will save more than $4 billion due to energy efficiency improvements made at homes and businesses through a successful...
(Document - 1/11/2017)
In 2008 Maryland passed an energy efficiency resource standard requiring the state to reduce per capita energy consumption by 10% by 2015. In this report we review the costs and benefits of Maryland’s EERS policy with a focus on statewide benefits...
(Document - 1/9/2017)
Twenty-six states are currently implementing long-term (3+ years), binding energy savings targets. States have taken a variety of approaches to setting targets, including passing legislation to enact formal energy efficiency resource standards,...
(Blog - 1/4/2017)
As the new year begins, we expect 2017 will bring increased investments in energy efficiency and other efforts to save energy. The energy efficiency investment picture indicates that savings will continue to grow. Spending on energy-efficient goods...
(Blog - 12/21/2016)
Looking for some good clean energy news to close the year? In Michigan today, Governor Rick Snyder signed two sweeping bills that the state's legislature passed on December 15th, the last day of its end-of-year ‘lame duck’ session. The legislation...
(Blog - 12/7/2016)
Five years ago, ACEEE found that energy efficiency could reduce projected 2050 US energy use by 40–60%. As a result, ACEEE established a strategic goal to reduce projected 2050 energy use by 50%. We thought it was time to check on our progress and...
(Document - 12/6/2016)
We look at how much energy efficiency can reduce US energy use by 2040 and what this might mean for savings in 2050. Specifically, we analyze 13 packages of energy efficiency measures and find that together they can reduce US 2040 energy use by 34%...
(Blog - 11/10/2016)
Now that the hard-fought 2016 election is over, I think it is useful to consider its impact on energy efficiency policy. No doubt, a lot of uncertainty remains because of President-elect Donald Trump’s lack of specificity on many issues. Yet given...
(Document - 9/26/2016)
This tenth edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard measures the progress of state policies and programs that save energy while also benefiting the environment and promoting growth. We use data vetted by state energy officials to rank states...