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May 2015

Blog Post | May 29, 2015

Energy efficiency at stake in the Keystone State

There’s a flurry of activity surrounding energy savings goals in Pennsylvania, and what it will mean for energy efficiency will depend on decisions by both regulators and legislators. Pennsylvania first set energy savings goals in 2008, with its Act 129 legislation. The state is now at a key juncture, with the public utility commission (PUC) making a decision soon on the next round of targets.

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Blog Post | May 27, 2015

How energy efficiency financing can help states meet Clean Power Plan goals

EPA’s final rule for regulating greenhouse gases from existing power plants, the Clean Power Plan, is anticipated later this summer. With just 12 months to develop compliance plans, states will have to scramble to identify their most reliable, lowest cost compliance options. In addition, they will have to find funds to pay for it all.

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Blog Post | May 22, 2015

How a missing word and a few misguided bills could undermine Maine’s energy future

Who knew an “and” could unravel everything? In Maine, we’re seeing just how much damage three missing letters can do.

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Blog Post | May 21, 2015

Projects for your pipeline: conferences and deal sourcing don’t have to be mutually exclusive

In just a week and a half, ACEEE will be hosting its annual Energy Efficiency Finance Forum. There’s been a running joke in the energy efficiency financing industry for the past couple of years about the large ratio of conferences to deals.

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Press Release | May 20, 2015

Boston, NYC, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle Rank as America’s Most Energy-Efficient US Cities

Biennial Energy Efficiency Scorecard Ranks 51 Large US Cities; Balance of Top 10 US Cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Austin, and Denver; Los Angeles One of the Most Improved Cities

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Blog Post | May 15, 2015

The City Energy Efficiency Scorecard is around the corner. How will your city rank?

This is a busy time of year in competitive sports. Top teams in the NBA (including our hometown Wizards) and NHL are competing for the Larry O’Brien Trophy and Stanley Cup. American Pharaoh just won the Kentucky Derby last week, and Chelsea took the Premier League title. But don’t forget about another friendly competition—the one for most energy-efficient city in the 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard! There are only five days to go until the results are released on Wednesday May 20.

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Blog Post | May 6, 2015

Work more, refuel less: efficiency opportunities for heavy-duty pickups and vans

Heavy-duty pickups and vans have annual sales of more than 700,000 units and consume about 400,000 barrels of oil per day. The first US fuel efficiency and GHG emissions standards (Phase 1) for heavy-duty vehicles, adopted in 2011, will yield a 12% reduction in fuel consumption, on average, for heavy-duty pickups and vans by 2018.

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Blog Post | May 6, 2015

New Senate bills are good news for distributed generation and the smart grid

A flurry of positive activity surrounding energy efficiency legislation took place on Capitol Hill last week, and progress continues this week with the introduction of two new energy efficiency-related bills with an emphasis on distributed generation (DG) and combined heat and power (CHP).

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