Policy Analysis

(Blog Post - 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...
(Document - 2/28/2018)
Many state regulatory commissions are engaged in proceedings to modernize the electric grid. These proceedings include a heavy focus on updating system planning processes to reflect growth in distributed generation and other technological advances....
(Blog Post - 2/28/2018)
The increased prevalence of distributed energy resources is driving changes to utility planning. Our new report, The Role of Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future, found that most utilities are not currently using energy efficiency in...
(Document - 2/12/2018)
Federal energy efficiency programs have played a key role in reducing energy use and saving consumers hundreds of billions of dollars a year in energy bills. But, like many other federal efforts, these programs have come under budgetary attack. This...
(Document - 12/6/2017)
Regional transmission organizations use capacity auctions to ensure energy resources are available to meet future demand. This report synthesizes and analyzes data on energy efficiency in two annual capacity auctions: PJM and ISO New England....
(Blog Post - 12/6/2017)
A recent federal proposal puts a spotlight on an uncommonly popular topic: wholesale energy markets. Our new research shows that energy efficiency has provided steadily increasing value to grid operators and customers in two such markets. Our report...
(Blog Post - 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...