April 2005

Press Release | April 28, 2005

Energy Efficiency: Critical First Responder to Rising Natural Gas Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Energy efficiency provides a critical first response to rising natural gas prices according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Press Release | April 20, 2005

ACEEE Releases Three Reports on Agriculture: Energy Savings Can Help Smaller Farms and Ranches Survive

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released three major reports today on energy use in agriculture. They cover how major energy sources are used on farms, estimate the potential savings available from energy efficiency, and review a total of 52 energy efficiency programs nationwide that are implementing savings in the agricultural sector.

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Press Release | April 14, 2005

Weak House Bill Moves Backwards on Energy Savings: ACEEE Report Highlights the Efficiency Gap

Washington, D.C. — Congress began markups on major energy legislation this week in the face of high energy prices threatening the economy and rising oil imports threatening U.S. energy security. According to analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in a report released today, Senator Alexander's energy bill (S. 726) would save more than twice the energy as the 2003 conference bill (H.R. 6). H.R. 6 energy savings have been cut even further by committee markups this week, roughly in half relative to ACEEE's original analysis.

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Press Release | April 14, 2005

Ehrlich Administration Kills Energy-Saving Program for Maryland Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill to reestablish energy conservation programs in Maryland to help households save energy, reduce their utility bills, and reduce pollution died in Annapolis earlier this week. The bill (SB 397, sponsored by Sen. Brian Frosh, and its companion, HB 490, sponsored by Del. Maggie McIntosh) would have established an "Energy Saving Investment Program" (ESIP) and was virtually identical to a measure that passed the Maryland Senate in 2004 with the support of the Ehrlich Administration.

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Press Release | April 13, 2005

Energy Department Grants Petition for New Refrigerator Energy Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) granted a petition for a new standard for home refrigerators in a letter released yesterday. The petition, submitted by a diverse coalition including state governments, utility companies, consumer and low-income advocacy groups, and environmental and energy efficiency organizations, requested that DOE commence a rulemaking to strengthen an existing national standard.

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Press Release | April 8, 2005

Congress Fiddles As Gasoline Prices Climb

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Painfully high gasoline prices have failed thus far to spur federal legislative action to address what looks increasingly like a long-term problem. Though futures prices for both gasoline and crude oil fell on the N.Y. Mercantile Exchange yesterday, they remain at historically high levels (in nominal terms). Crude futures prices topping $50 through 2009 suggest gasoline prices twice those of the past decade and call for steps now to protect our economy by reducing demand.

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Press Release | April 6, 2005

Senator Alexander Takes Significant Step Forward But House Goes Backward and Forward on Energy-Efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two significant congressional actions occurred today on federal energy legislation. First, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a new energy bill focused on natural gas designed to reduce energy prices by cutting energy demand and increasing supplies. This bill includes energy efficiency provisions that greatly improve upon energy legislation passed by the Senate in recent years.

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Press Release | April 5, 2005

Consensus Agreement on Commercial Refrigeration Efficiency Standards Reached; Will Reduce U.S. Electricity Use by About 2.3 Billion kWh Annually

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Commercial refrigeration manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates announced today that they have reached an agreement on consensus federal equipment efficiency standards for commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator freezers used in restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, and other commercial buildings that, if enacted by federal regulators or Congress, will avoid the need for 2 new 300 MW power plants. Currently, there are no federal minimum efficiency standards for commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator freezers.

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