September 2011

Blog Post | September 29, 2011

Cash for Clunkers: A Missed Opportunity

This summer marked the two-year anniversary of the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (CARS) program, more fondly known as “Cash for Clunkers.” We know that the program provided consumers with a hefty chunk of money to trade in their older, inefficient vehicles for more efficient new ones. We also know that it provided a boost to carmakers and the economy by stimulating sales. Two years on, what more can we learn?

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Press Release | September 28, 2011

Report: Combined Heat and Power Market Growth Varies from State to State, Requiring More Than Supportive Policies for Greater Deployment

CHP Already Providing Over 12% of U.S Electricity, but More Efforts Are Needed to Overcome Market Barriers and Mitigate Uncertainty


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Blog Post | September 26, 2011

Austin Becomes Energy Efficiency Aware (While Keeping the City Weird)

Policies to improve the energy use information available to building owners, operators, buyers, and tenants have proliferated in the past few years.  The City of Austin, Texas and its municipal electric utility, Austin Energy, have been leaders in these information policies.

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Blog Post | September 22, 2011

ACEEE Updates Green Book® Online Methodology as U.S. Vehicle Market Diversifies

The uncertain economy and fluctuating gasoline prices have made consumers more discerning about their vehicle purchases. At the same time, the federal government is taking steps to ensure that future generations of vehicles will use less petroleum and emit less greenhouse gases.  In July 2011, the U.S.

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Press Release | September 20, 2011

Study: Energy Efficiency Loan Financing Proving to be a Low Risk Investment with Large-Scale Potential

Energy Efficiency Loan Programs Default Rates Range from 0–3% and Remained Largely Unchanged During Housing Bubble Collapse


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Blog Post | September 16, 2011

What Will USDA Budget Cuts Mean for Energy Efficiency?

The 2012 Farm Bill is still several months away from really heating up, but we are already starting to think about what our priorities should be.  Given today’s political climate, it seems likely that there will be some deep funding cuts compared to the 2008 Farm Bill.

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Blog Post | September 12, 2011

Introducing ACEEE’s New Director of Behavior and Human Dimensions Susan Mazur-Stommen

As I start my fourth week here at ACEEE, it seems like a good moment to introduce myself and at the same time offer some glimpses of where we hope to take the Behavior and Human Dimensions Program over the next year. My name is Susan Mazur-Stommen and I am coming from the West Coast, where my background is in cultural anthropology; I ran a small consulting firm, Indicia Consulting, specializing in ethnographic research for clients in both the public and private sectors.

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