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April 2016

Blog Post | April 29, 2016

Making sense of commercial-sector energy use data

Commercial-sector energy use in the US increased by 63% from 1979 to 2012, rising from total source energy use of 10.6 quads in 1979 to a peak of 18.4 quads in 2008 before declining to 17.4 quads in 2012.  This growth can largely be attributed to a corresponding increase in commercial building floor area, which grew by 70% over the same period. But that is only part of the story. As the graph below illustrates, as floor area has trended upward over time, energy use per square foot has gone up and down, peaking in the 1999-2003 period but declining since then.

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Blog Post | April 29, 2016

Can energy efficiency rise to its $279 billion potential and help meet climate goals?

Energy efficiency financing has seen record growth over the past year.

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Blog Post | April 28, 2016

A DOE budget request sheds light on the future of advanced manufacturing

The Department of Energy’s 2017 budget request was released back in February, and is now awaiting congressional approval. The request included $261 million for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), the part of DOE that focuses on energy use in the manufacturing sector.

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Blog Post | April 27, 2016

Want to use energy efficiency to benefit low-income communities in planning for the Clean Power Plan? We’ve got a guide for that.

The Clean Power Plan may be stayed, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to guide states who are considering their compliance options. This morning, EPA indicated its commitment to moving ahead with the Clean Power Plan by sending a proposal on the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) to the Office of Management and Budget.

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Blog Post | April 22, 2016

Intelligent efficiency & continual commissioning

One of the more vexing challenges for those in the energy efficiency program sector is ensuring that savings resulting from the implementation of an efficiency measure persist over time. Fortunately, a solution exists: intelligent efficiency can prevent the degradation of energy savings, and in some instances increase savings over time.

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Blog Post | April 21, 2016

This Earth Day, let’s look at how much energy we’ve been using.

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and that got us thinking about how households used energy back then. What did they use it for? Do we follow the same conventional wisdom for saving energy in our homes today, even though there are some obvious differences in the types of devices we use now?  We were curious to dig in and see how energy use has changed over the past 35+ years, and how that change shapes our efforts to conserve.

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Press Release | April 20, 2016

Report: “Energy Burden” on Low-Income, African American, & Latino Households up to Three Times as High as Other Homes, More Energy Efficiency Needed

Data Gauge Impact of Energy Costs on Low-Income, African-American, Latino, and Renter Residents; Low-Income Households in Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, Providence, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Cleveland Suffer Heaviest “Energy Burden”  

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Press Release | April 20, 2016
Blog Post | April 18, 2016

Proposed RGGI raid puts Connecticut’s continued leadership in energy efficiency at risk

Connecticut may be a small state, but in recent years it has become a big leader in energy efficiency. As one of only seven states with a formal goal of achieving all cost-effective energy efficiency, Connecticut has consistently ranked among the top ten in ACEEE’s annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

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Blog Post | April 15, 2016

We’re tracking major US energy efficiency metrics on a new webpage. Check out how 2015 measures up.

Ever wondered just how much energy we consume to power our economy? To keep our buildings working, machines humming, and wheels running? Are we really energy smart as a country?

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