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July 2018

Blog Post | July 31, 2018

Just how smart can our buildings and grid be? Summer Study panel leader offers insights

From advanced data analytics and cybersecurity to artificial intelligence and blockchain, technology offers sweeping opportunities — and challenges — for energy efficiency. At our Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings next month, we will discuss these topics in a Monday plenary, sessions throughout the conference, and a tech-focused panel with more than two dozen speakers.

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Blog Post | July 30, 2018

Will Trump’s DOE soon propose to roll back light bulb standards? Here’s what’s at stake

The Trump administration will soon release a proposed rule on light bulb standards. The details are under wraps, but manufacturers have lobbied for an illegal rollback of strong standards with which they must comply beginning in 2020. Our new issue brief shows what’s at stake.

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Blog Post | July 27, 2018

Universities push to slash energy use: Summer Study speaker describes how

Across the United States, the push for net-zero energy buildings is gaining momentum. Because this trend holds great promise for deep energy savings, next month’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings will devote an entire panel — with 30 presentations — to the topic.

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Blog Post | July 24, 2018

How can technology reshape energy efficiency? Summer Study speakers offer insights

A dizzying array of cutting-edge energy efficiency technology is available in today’s marketplace. Though many smart products are affordable, they remain vastly underutilized. The efficiency field seems to have a persistent and stubborn adoption gap. To explore the issue, ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings will hold a tech-focused plenary in addition to dozens of related sessions.

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Blog Post | July 24, 2018

Appliance standards create jobs — in every US state

National standards that require appliances and equipment to be more energy efficient do more than save energy and reduce utility bills. They also spur economic growth and create jobs — a lot of jobs. In fact, our new report reveals that they created or sustained nearly 300,000 jobs in 2016 and are projected to support 553,000 jobs in 2030. These jobs benefit every US state.

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Blog Post | July 20, 2018

How can we unite people when talking about energy? Summer Study speaker explains

Words matter. Using the right ones can bring people together, while choosing the wrong ones (e.g., you’re actually smart) can get you in trouble. For this reason, I am pleased that our Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings next month will explore a broad range of topics, including energy messaging that can unite rather than divide us.

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Blog Post | July 19, 2018

Pickups gearing up for huge fuel economy improvements

Automakers are rolling out an impressive suite of fuel-saving technologies just as the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seek to roll back vehicle efficiency and emissions standards. Many of these technologies will be applied to full-size pickups, the perennial poster child for going easy on domestic manufacturers when it comes to setting future fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emission (GHG) standards.

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Press Release | July 18, 2018

Rural Households Spend Much More of Their Income on Energy Bills than Others

Hardest-hit groups are low-income households and those in the East and Southeast; energy efficiency can help

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Blog Post | July 12, 2018

EPA gives glider manufacturers a free pass at the expense of the American public

Just hours before Administrator Scott Pruitt’s departure on Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency reportedly widened a loophole for manufacturers of high-polluting glider trucks — new tractor trucks with old engines. Starting immediately, the EPA will not enforce a per-manufacturer annual production cap of 300 gliders that do not meet current emissions standards. Although the cap went into effect at the beginning of this year, the EPA plans to ignore and eventually repeal it.

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Blog Post | July 11, 2018

Going green: Switching from oil or propane to electric heat can often save money

To achieve the common and ambitious worldwide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% or more by 2050, analyses find that consumers and businesses will need to use a combination of energy efficiency and carbon-free electricity (e.g., electricity from renewable resources, nuclear) or low-carbon electricity (efficient fossil fuel use with carbon capture and storage) for transportation, space heating, and water heating (see here and here

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