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September 2009

Blog Post | October 1, 2009

State Current: California Passes $3.1 Billion Energy Efficiency Plan

California has taken another large step towards improving energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | September 30, 2009

State Current: New York Green Jobs Program Invests RGGI Proceeds into Efficiency

In September, the New York State Senate passed landmark legislation creating the “Green Jobs/Green New York” program, which aims to make 1,000,000 homes, businesses, and not-for-profits in New York more energy efficient. Workforce development and job training constitutes the second pillar of the program, which aims to create 14,000 jobs.

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Press Release | September 23, 2009

Energy Efficiency Holds Steady At 2.5 Cents Per Kilowatt-Hour Even As Costs of New Power Generation Rise

Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency remains America’s cheapest, cleanest, and fastest energy source for five years running. That’s the conclusion of a new study that shows that the utility cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy efficiency has held steady or even slightly declined at about 2.5 cents over the last half decade, even as the costs for new coal, nuclear, and other supply-side energy alternatives have risen.

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Blog Post | September 18, 2009
Blog Post | September 17, 2009

Manufacturers Leading Early Stages of Recovery

The Associated Press published an article yesterday about the gains in industrial production seen in August, yet another sign of the road to recovery. Here's one snippet:

 

In part, the improvement reflected auto sales that were boosted by the government's now-ended Cash for Clunkers program. But analysts were impressed that output rose broadly across industries.

"Vehicles are not the whole story," Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight, said in a note to clients.

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Press Release | September 9, 2009

Energy Efficiency Improvements to Waxman-Markey Could Create 569,000 Jobs, Save Households $283 Annually in Ten Years

Washington, D.C. —  Energy efficiency provisions in the American Clean Energy Security Act (ACES — H.R. 2454) with improvements could create more than 569,000 new jobs nationwide in the next ten years and provide $283 in annual savings for every  household in America, according to a new study released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Blog Post | September 9, 2009

Waxman-Markey (H.R. 2454) 50 States Analysis

In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA). This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures, which have largely been overlooked in recent discussions and analyses of ACESA. When analyses ignore the readily available benefits from energy efficiency they distort how energy and climate legislation, such as ACESA, could affect American consumers and the U.S. economy.
 

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Blog Post | September 9, 2009

Strong Energy Efficiency Policies Under Consideration by Congress

In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA).  This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures, which have largely been overlooked in recent discussions and analyses of ACESA.  When analyses ignore the readily available benefits from energy efficiency they distort how energy and climate legislation, such as ACESA, could affect American consumers and the U.S. economy.

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Blog Post | September 1, 2009

American Factories Growing

American manufacturing facilities are expanding production for the first time in over a year and a half, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The ISM's manufacturing index broke 50 for the first time since January 2008, coming in at 52.9.

The ISM index is a key measure of US manufacturing. Any number below 50 means the economy is contracting, and any number over 50 means it's expanding.

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