December 2009

Blog Post | December 31, 2009

State Current: Raising the Standard: Utility Targets in the Southwest

Utilities in the southwest are making major strides in energy efficiency, quickly raising the region’s status as a leader in utility-run demand-side management (DSM) programs. A number of the region’s investor-owned utilities have incorporated aggressive DSM program plans into the integrated resource planning process, which allows utilities to carefully plan and establish energy efficiency savings and spending goals.

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Blog Post | December 31, 2009

State Current: New Study Explores Energy Efficiency in Appalachia

A quick glance at ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard over the past few years will reveal some distinct regional divides. States on the east and west coasts and in the upper Midwest occupy the most spots at the top of the list, while the Southeast consistently ranks low in energy efficiency. Considering the region’s economic reliance on fossil fuels, it is no surprise that the concept of saving energy is met with skepticism.

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Press Release | December 23, 2009

Federal Dollars Fuel Local Efficiency: Cities Ready to Lead

Washington, D.C. - In a new report released today, ACEEE presented profiles of over 40 municipal energy efficiency programs as a guide for cities and counties preparing to implement federally-funded energy efficiency and conservation plans.

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Blog Post | December 18, 2009

McKinsey: Credit Starting to Flow

Is credit starting to flow?

Every six weeks, the Quarterly conducts an economic conditions snapshot survey of a panel of executives around the world. For the first time in more than a year, the proportion of respondents who report that their companies have sought external funds has changed significantly—increasing to 41 percent, from 32 percent in October. What’s more, a higher proportion of these companies actually received the money they sought. Our findings may indicate a rising—and apparently well-founded—hope among executives that credit will be available.

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Blog Post | December 11, 2009

Interagency Report on International Competitiveness and Climate Regulations Released

On December 2, a number of collaborators from several federal agencies released a report at the request of five Senators from manufacturing states: Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Arlen Specter (D-PA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

The original letter from the Senators asked that the Administration offer an analysis of four primary points:

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Blog Post | December 9, 2009

Obama's Jobs Speech Gives Indicates Support for Manufacturing Energy Efficiency

Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech broadly laying out the steps that his Administration envisions for further stimulating the economy, putting Americans back to work, and getting businesses hiring again.

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Blog Post | December 4, 2009

Factory Orders Rise Unexpectedly in October

Economic reports show that U.S. factory orders unexpectedly rose in the month of October, according to the Associate Press. Economists worry that economic recovery could be hindered by a continued increase in unemployment rates and decrease in disposable income.

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Press Release | December 2, 2009

New Water Heater Efficiency Standards Deliver Savings—But Not Enough

Washington, D.C. — New home water heater efficiency standards proposed yesterday by the Obama Administration will save energy and money for U.S. households and reduce global warming and other harmful emissions; but they fall short of their potential according to a broad coalition of energy-efficiency, consumer and environmental organizations. 

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Blog Post | December 1, 2009

Manufacturing Grows Again, But Recovery Fragile

<p>The U.S. manufacturing sector grew in November for the fourth month in a row, <a href="">Reuter... points out today. However, the growth has slowed down slightly from October:</p>

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