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Blog Post | November 15, 2018

To inspire energy-saving behaviors, local governments engage residents, hold contests, try games

Nearly two-thirds of behavior-based programs for saving energy involve in-person contact with residents, such as home energy audits, according to a new survey of 50 such programs nationwide. As energy efficiency programs increasingly target behavior, local governments are taking diverse approaches.

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Press Release | November 14, 2018

ACEEE Participates in This Year’s Giving Tuesday

Washington, D.C.—ACEEE is pleased to announce that it will participate in Giving Tuesday 2018, a time for individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27.

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Blog Post | November 2, 2018

EIA: Reduced electric demand has halved carbon emissions in power sector

Finally, some good news! Recent hurricanes and major climate reports have heightened awareness of climate change and the dire need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This week, a blog post from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows energy efficiency is a vital climate solution. Half of the carbon dioxide emission reductions in the electric power sector since 2005 have come from stopping growth in demand for electricity, as shown in the EIA’s graphic.

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Blog Post | November 1, 2018

What will Massachusetts’ new efficiency targets mean for future policy?

Massachusetts’ new three-year energy efficiency plan includes aggressive energy-savings targets for utilities. The plan, approved Tuesday by the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and filed for approval with utility regulators, is estimated to cut greenhouse gas emissions and achieve $8.6 billion in customer benefits.

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Blog Post | October 29, 2018

Saving energy can strengthen our electric grid

Turning on a light switch is a simple act that masks a very complex system. That light is powered by the electric grid, the world’s largest machine, operating in real time. We are growing more and more dependent on electricity, but we often take this incredible machine for granted—until the power goes out, as can happen with extreme weather events. Ensuring grid reliability and preventing interruptions requires balancing electricity supply and demand.

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Blog Post | October 29, 2018

The sustainable sugar rush: how candy companies are saving energy

When you reach for that candy bar this Halloween, don’t just count calories—count kilowatt-hours. Big candy manufacturers use a lot of energy to feed our sugar addiction, especially this time of year. The average American consumes about 22 pounds of candy per year, which is the weight of roughly 2,200 Hershey’s kisses.

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Blog Post | October 24, 2018

Zero energy buildings on the rise but barriers remain

Zero energy building codes are making inroads in Oregon, California, British Columbia, and other places, but a new ACEEE white paper reveals that they still face barriers to nationwide success, including a “solar-only” mentality.

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Blog Post | October 23, 2018

IEA reports large energy efficiency gains but calls for accelerated efforts

Energy-saving efforts continue to deliver vast gains, but their progress is slowing and will need at least a doubling of investment in order to reach global sustainability goals, according to the International Energy Agency’s new Energy Efficiency 2018 market report, released last week.

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Press Release | October 19, 2018

ACEEE Statement on the International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency 2018 Report

ACEEE welcomes the release of the Energy Efficiency 2018 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report underscores efficiency’s critical role in meeting greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement and highlights the disappointing news that efficiency investments have slightly decreased in the United States and China.

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Blog Post | October 17, 2018

Virginia’s new energy plan holds promise: Here are seven steps for success

Governor Ralph Northam’s new 2018 Virginia Energy Plan (VEP), released earlier this month, rounds out a busy year for clean energy policy in Virginia. It contains policy and program recommendations that will, if thoroughly implemented, deepen energy savings and expand clean energy in the Commonwealth.

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