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August 2011

Press Release | August 26, 2011

New Refrigerator Standards the “Coolest Yet”

DOE Standards Will Cut Energy Usage by 25 Percent

 

New Department of Energy efficiency standards will cut the energy use of most new refrigerators by 25 percent and help save consumers money, create jobs, reduce pollution and spur innovation and investment, according to consumer, environment and energy efficiency groups.

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Press Release | August 24, 2011

Study: Energy Efficiency Can Save Missouri $6.1 Billion and Create 8,500 Local Jobs

Cost-Effective Policies Could Meet 17% of State Energy Needs, Cutting Energy Bills While Creating Local Jobs

 

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Blog Post | August 22, 2011

How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency

Over the past year, the utility industry has experienced significant angst over pending updates to utility environmental regulations. Of particular concern is the question of whether to invest in plant updates to comply with these  regulations or to retire these plants altogether and replace this capacity with new (and most likely natural gas-fueled) power plants. Many inside and outside the utility industry have painted this situation as a crisis in the making.

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Blog Post | August 12, 2011

Energy Efficiency Finance 101: Understanding the Marketplace

The number of energy finance programs has increased dramatically in recent years. As the variety of programs expanded, so too has the diversity of financial institutions participating in local programs. Each of these different types of financiers has specific strengths, weaknesses, and areas of focus. Only by understanding these unique attributes can the best partner for each individual program be identified.

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Blog Post | August 9, 2011

Heavy Truck Efficiency Standards Finalized – Now What?

Today the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency adopted the first fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy trucks and buses in the U.S., covering vehicles from super-duty pickups to tractor-trailers starting in model year 2014.  ACEEE projects that the program will save 280,000 barrels of oil per day by 2030, roughly the amount the U.S. currently imports from Brazil.

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Blog Post | August 1, 2011

Federal Energy Efficiency Legislation Slowly Moving Forward, but Will the Clock Run Out?

In recent months, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has been steadily reporting out legislation on a bipartisan basis. Included are bills to:

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