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 - 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...
(Blog Post - 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 Post - 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...