August 2009

Press Release | August 31, 2009

New Standards Will Make Beverage Vending Machines Energy Sippers

Washington, D.C. — The average energy use of the most common new cold beverage vending machines would be cut by about 42% according to new national minimum standards published today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Today’s move fulfills President Obama’s February 5th pledge to complete five new efficiency standards by August.

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Blog Post | August 18, 2009

ACEEE 2009 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry a Success!

ACEEE held its eighth biannual conference on industrial energy efficiency from July 25-31. Every discussion--from the morning formal presentations to the afternoon informal sessions to the evening plenaries--were full of valuable information.

A summary of the conference reflections by Neal Elliott is posted on our website, along with the plenary presentations.

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Blog Post | August 18, 2009

GM Raises Production as "Clunker" Sales Rise

From Reuters:

General Motors Co said on Tuesday it is increasing production for the second half of 2009 after a surge in sales ignited by the U.S. government's "Cash for Clunkers" incentives program.

The No.1 U.S. carmaker said it would build 60,000 more vehicles than planned for the third and fourth quarters by increasing overtime, adding shifts at several North American assembly plants.

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Blog Post | August 14, 2009

More Manufacturing Green Shoots

The Federal Reserve reported today that industrial production increased 0.5% in July, the first month in the positive realm in 9 months. The automotive sector lead the recovery as a result of the CARS ("Cash for Clunkers") program, but other sectors expanded by 0.2%, with aerospace equipment, computers and electronic products, and plastics leading the way.

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Blog Post | August 11, 2009

New Federal Legislation Introduced

Yesterday, new bipartisan legistlation was introduced by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). In addition to The Efficient Vehicle Leadership Act of 2009, they have introduced three other bills to expand and improve energy efficiency tax incentives. These tax-related bills have been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. From Senator Bingaman's office:

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Press Release | August 6, 2009

ACEEE Supports Additional Dollars for Replacing Guzzlers

Washington, D.C. — ACEEE believes Congress should provide additional funds to allow the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) program to continue operating through this month’s recess despite the serious flaws in the design and implementation of the program. “This program appears to be helping lots of people trade gas guzzlers for pretty efficient vehicles, if DOT’s statements about the vehicle transactions occurring under CARS are accurate,” said ACEEE Transportation Program Director Dr. Therese Langer.

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Blog Post | August 3, 2009

Upcoming Events

There are two upcoming events that may be of interest:

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Blog Post | August 1, 2009

Federal Electric Vehicle Drive Policies

In March 2009, President Obama pledged to have 1 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on the road by 2015. While the penetration of electric drive vehicles in the American automobile market could significantly reduce petroleum use, vehicle emissions, and fuel expenditures countrywide, there are several challenges to implementing the President’s 2015 goal.

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