Energy Efficiency Resource Standards
This week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its annual rankings of the 50 states and District of Columbia on their progress toward adopting and implementing various energy-efficiency policies and programs. This year’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard reveals that many states are making great advancements in energy efficiency on all fronts – from transportation to industry to buildings, helping Americans save money and creating new business and employment opportunities across the
As noted in my earlier blog post, 2010 was a mixed year for energy efficiency policy, with significant progress at the state level but only modest progress at the federal level. However, 2010 established a foundation for future energy efficiency policy actions.
Energy efficiency policy in the states continued to move ahead in the last month of 2010 as Wisconsin approved an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) on the heels of Arkansas’s passage of an EERS. The achievement means that 26 states now have an EERS—a foundational policy to reduce energy use over a long-term period. These 26 states account for 65% of our national electricity demand.
Reaching the Tipping Point: Majority of States Have Now Adopted Energy Efficiency Resource Standards
Washington, D.C. — While the prospect of passing a comprehensive national energy policy remains uncertain for the 112th Congress, two states reminded the country last week that bold energy efficiency policies, which will save consumers and businesses millions in wasted energy costs, can win bipartisan support.
Charleston, S.C. — A new study released today shows that a combination of energy and water efficiency policies could cut electricity and water bills for South Carolinians by $5.1 billion and could create almost 22,000 new “green” jobs by 2025.
Energy Efficiency Improvements to Waxman-Markey Could Create 569,000 Jobs, Save Households $283 Annually in Ten Years
Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency provisions in the American Clean Energy Security Act (ACES — H.R. 2454) with improvements could create more than 569,000 new jobs nationwide in the next ten years and provide $283 in annual savings for every household in America, according to a new study released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Senate Energy Bill Will Spur Substantial Energy Efficiency Savings But Savings Significantly Less Than House Energy Bill
Washington, D.C. — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee reported out the American Clean Energy Leadership Act yesterday, a bill designed to tackle America's energy challenges including increasing energy efficiency.
Washington, D.C. — Actions yesterday in both the House of Representatives and the Senate advanced proposals to improve energy efficiency policy in the country. In the House, Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) released a “discussion draft” of energy and climate change legislation that contains many energy efficiency provisions.