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January 2011

Press Release | January 26, 2011

Appliance and Equipment Standards: A Money Maker and Job Creator

Washington, D.C. —  National appliance energy efficiency standards for common household and business products generated about 340,000 jobs in 2010, or 0.2% of the nation’s jobs, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP).

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Press Release | January 24, 2011

Allowing Utilities to Earn More for Helping Customers to Consume Less Benefits Both

Washington, D.C. —  The ability for utilities to profit from their energy efficiency programs provides strong motivation to create, support, and deliver successful programs according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Research conducted by ACEEE found that electric and natural gas utilities able to earn a financial return on their achievements with customer energy efficiency programs are likely to be industry leaders in terms of their financial support for customer energy efficiency programs.

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Blog Post | January 18, 2011

Communications Key to the Mix: Reflections on ACEEE’s Policy and Analysis Conference

While the ACEEE 30th Anniversary Policy and Analysis Conference included many excellent presentations on the two topics in its title, based on the scope of discussions, the conference might have been more accurately named the Policy, Analysis, and Communications Conference. It was clear that too often, the policy and analysis communities speak different languages.

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Press Release | January 18, 2011

AHAM and Efficiency Organizations Seek Recognition of Benefits of Smart Appliances from ENERGY STAR

Washington, D.C. —  The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and efficiency organizations including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have submitted a petition to the ENERGY STAR program to recognize the benefits of smart appliances and jump start the smart grid. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimates that implementing smart grid technologies could reduce electricity use by more than four percent annually by 2030. Smart appliances can have an even more profound impact on reducing expensive peak demand.

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Blog Post | January 12, 2011

Our Perspective on the “Rebound Effect” – Is It True That the More Efficient a Product Becomes, the More Its Owner Will Use It?

Two recent articles have argued that as the energy efficiency of products improve, it becomes less expensive to operate these products and as a result, people increase their use of these products, increasing energy use and potentially wiping out the energy savings caused by the efficiency gains.
 

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Press Release | January 10, 2011

Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives: Changes in Store for 2011

Washington, D.C. —  Last month, President Obama signed into law a tax package that contains modifications and extensions to energy efficiency tax incentives for homeowners, home builders, and appliance manufacturers. Information on all of these energy efficiency tax incentives are accessible on the Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) Web site so that consumers and businesses can take full advantage of changed federal tax credits for energy-saving technologies and practices.

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Blog Post | January 6, 2011

2010 a Year of Mixed Progress on Energy Efficiency

2010 was a mixed year for energy efficiency with significant progress at the state level, but ultimately only modest success to show on the national level, particularly from Congress. As our 2010 ACEEE State Energy Policy Scorecard documented, progress continued to be made at the state level.

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Blog Post | January 4, 2011

Reaching the Tipping Point: Majority of States Now Have an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

Energy efficiency policy in the states continued to move ahead in the last month of 2010 as Wisconsin approved an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) on the heels of Arkansas’s passage of an EERS. The achievement means that 26 states now have an EERS—a foundational policy to reduce energy use over a long-term period. These 26 states account for 65% of our national electricity demand.

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Blog Post | January 3, 2011

Midwest Manufacturing Coming Back Strongly

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that its Chicago Business Barometer™ soared in December to its highest level since July 1988, representing the 15th consecutive month of expansion. Furthermore, Midwest production reached its highest level since October 2004 and new orders have returned to 2005 levels.

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