About Us

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We believe that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all its people. ACEEE carries out its mission by:

  • Conducting in-depth technical and policy analyses

  • Advising policymakers and program managers

  • Working collaboratively with businesses, government officials, public interest groups, and other organizations

  • Convening conferences and workshops, primarily for energy efficiency professionals

  • Assisting and encouraging traditional and new media to cover energy efficiency policy and technology issues

  • Educating consumers and businesses through our reports, books, conference proceedings, press activities, and websites

ACEEE was founded in 1980 by leading researchers in the energy field. Since then we have grown to a staff of about 50. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. ACEEE focuses on these program areas:

  • Energy policy (federal, state, and local)

  • Research (including programs on buildings and equipment, utilities, industry, agriculture, transportation, behavior, economic analysis, and international)

  • Outreach (including conferences, publications, and the Ally Program)

Download our 2017 annual report

Since 1980, ACEEE has accomplished a great deal and has become known as America’s leading center of expertise on energy efficiency. Our reputation is based on the high quality, credibility, and relevance of our work, as well as our bipartisan approach. ACEEE’s thorough and peer-reviewed technical work is widely relied on by policymakers, business and industry decision-makers, consumers, media, and other energy professionals. Our three-year strategic plan can be viewed here.