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April 2014

Press Release | April 30, 2014

New Study Outlines Plan for 26% CO2 Reduction from U.S. Power Sector with No Net Cost to the Economy

Energy Efficiency Would Allow EPA to Set More Aggressive CO2 Reduction Targets, Increasing GDP by $17.2 Billion and Creating 611,000 New Jobs, While Providing States More Flexibility to Manage their Energy Resources

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Blog Post | April 25, 2014

Test drive: results from first year of greenhouse gas emissions program

Data on manufacturers’ compliance with the first year (model year 2012) of greenhouse gas emissions standards for light duty vehicles is now available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The bottom line is that manufacturers as a whole have met the standards with a bit of room to spare.

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Blog Post | April 24, 2014

The long winding road toward efficient furnaces

The struggle for improved gas furnace efficiency standards may have an end in sight. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit approved a settlement between the Department of Energy (DOE) and an industry trade group. In the settlement, DOE agreed to pull back efficiency standards completed in 2011 and develop new standards in their place within two years. This new rulemaking represents another opportunity to set strong furnace standards which will save energy and cut consumers’ heating bills.

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Press Release | April 23, 2014

ACEEE’s Neal Elliott to Receive 2014 Industrial Energy Technology Conference Leadership Award

The Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) has announced that associate director for research R. Neal Elliott, PhD, PE, will receive a 2014 IETC Energy Award at its 36th annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 22. In making its selection, IETC cited Elliott’s leadership in promoting and fostering energy conservation on an international scale in industrial applications.

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Blog Post | April 22, 2014

Small actions that add up to large energy savings for Earth Day

There are many tips out there about saving energy in your home. So many, in fact, that it can leave you wondering, “Well, what are the things that I should focus my attention on to really cut down on energy use and energy bills?” In my former job as an energy auditor, one of the most frustrating things I encountered was hearing the many misconceptions about how energy is used in the home. This old conventional wisdom really confuses honest efforts to cut down on energy use and lower monthly utility bill payments.

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Blog Post | April 17, 2014

SF Fed highlights the central role of efficiency in the maturing of green community development

Energy efficiency is increasingly viewed as an essential element of community development, and is arguably becoming the most appreciated and integrated “green” topic in the field. For example, a growing number of state housing finance agencies actively encourage the inclusion of energy-efficient features in the properties in which they invest.

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Blog Post | April 16, 2014

Actions have consequences: Passage of Ohio legislation will cost jobs

A lot of analysis of the impacts of the SB 310 legislation in Ohio, particularly on the state’s economy, has been in the news lately. Many of these assessments, including those from ACEEE, have focused mostly on employment numbers. But numbers are relatively abstract, and we need to remember that these numbers represent workers and their families.

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Blog Post | April 14, 2014

The new National Research Council report is a good sign for upcoming heavy-duty vehicle standards

Last week a National Research Council (NRC) committee on heavy-duty vehicles released a report on technological, market, and regulatory factors relevant to the upcoming Phase 2 heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse emissions standards.

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Blog Post | April 14, 2014

A new DOE proposal would cement a big leap in lighting efficiency, but Congress is preventing even bigger savings

New energy-saving standards for certain types of incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs proposed by the [no-glossary]Department of Energy (DOE)[/no-glossary] last Friday mark another important step in improving lighting efficiency in the United States. DOE’s proposal further advances strong standards completed in 2009. Together, the 2009 standards and the proposed increases announced last week dramatically improve reflector lamp and fluorescent tube lamp efficiency by 70% and 23% respectively.

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Blog Post | April 10, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to Finance Forum: the WHEEL deal

The moment we have been waiting for has arrived! The Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL), a financing platform that will open the market for energy efficiency investment to institutional investors, is open for business. WHEEL acts as a virtual financial warehouse for relatively small individual loans, holding them until there are enough loans to attract attention from large investment houses.

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