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...
(Blog - 11/21/2017)
Residents and businesses across the country are saving energy and money thanks to smart state policies. Their stories help explain why some states climbed in our 2017 State Scorecard or maintained strong standings. This year for the first time, we...
(Document - 10/25/2017)
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...
(Press Release - 9/28/2017)
Washington, DC—As more states struggle with extreme weather events, the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard gives state-level policymakers a road map for building stronger and more-resilient communities. This 11th annual report from the American...
(Document - 9/27/2017)
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...
(Blog - 8/23/2017)
The federal government’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord galvanized many cities. Within hours of the announcement, 369 mayors signed on to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which aims to uphold the US commitment to reduce...
(Document - 8/23/2017)
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...
(Blog - 8/14/2017)
Southeastern residents currently face historically high poverty rates, and low-income households spend an average of three times as much on energy bills, as a portion of their monthly income, than other families. Energy efficiency investments could...
(Document - 8/14/2017)
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...
(Document - 6/13/2017)
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...