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Press Release | September 20, 2007

ACEEE Recommends Efficiency Policies for Maryland's Electricity Future

Washington, D.C. — A report on energy efficiency policies in Maryland’s electricity future was released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Faced with record electricity rates, looming power shortages, and the risks of global warming, Maryland’s leadership is grappling with energy policy choices that will affect pocketbooks, quality of life, and the environment far into this century. ACEEE’s report recommends four key efficiency policies that can help make Marylanders’ future electricity service reliable, affordable, and clean.

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Press Release | September 18, 2007

States Hit the Accelerator on Utility Efficiency Targets

Washington, D.C. — States have accelerated their efforts to reduce energy use by setting mandatory energy savings targets for electric and gas utilities. A review released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found 15 states with such policies in place, up from five states two years ago. These targets, dubbed "Energy Efficiency Resource Standards" (EERS), set long-term targets that ramp up to major savings.

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Press Release | August 8, 2007

House Bill Amps Up Energy Savings

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released its analysis of the energy bill passed by the House on August 4. ACEEE's assessment finds that the bill's energy efficiency provisions would reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 670 million tons, or 8%, in 2030 relative to the current Department of Energy forecast. Combining the best provisions of both the House and Senate bills would yield emissions reductions totaling 1,530 million tons of carbon dioxide, or 19%, in 2030 relative to the forecast.

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Press Release | June 26, 2007

Study Shows That Florida Could Save $28 Billion and Create More Than 14,000 Jobs Through Energy Efficiency

Washington, D.C. — Florida could save $28 billion—enough to cover this year's entire education and transportation budgets—by using energy efficiency strategies that are available now, says a study released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Press Release | June 5, 2007

ACEEE "Rates the States" in the New Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released a comprehensive ranking of state-level energy efficiency policies. The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for 2006 graded each state and the District of Columbia on actions they have taken in the race to adopt energy efficiency policies, programs, and technologies.

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Press Release | February 5, 2007

New Study Shows How Florida Can Meet Half of Future Energy Needs With Efficiency and Renewables

Tallahassee, Florida — A major new study released today shows that a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce Florida’s future electricity needs by almost half (45%) over the next 15 years.

The study shows that implementing energy efficiency policies alone, such as efficient windows, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and ENERGY STAR® appliances, can almost offset the future growth in electric demand.

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Press Release | November 8, 2006

Energy Efficiency Legislation May Get Second Wind in Wake of Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The results of yesterday's election will increase the chances of new energy legislation in 2007, predicts the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a Washington D.C.-based energy think tank. "The new House leadership will advance energy policies that did not get airtime in the last Congress, and some of these have shown support in the Senate. We could therefore see progress on key energy efficiency issues that have not moved in the past," said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel.

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Press Release | June 22, 2006

ACEEE’s Nadel Calls for Focusing on a Few Big Items at Senate Energy Efficiency Hearing

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today focused on energy efficiency by hosting a hearing on a bill—introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and a bipartisan group of ten other Senators—called the Enhanced Energy Security Act (S. 2747).

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Press Release | April 11, 2006

Energy Efficiency Can Loosen America's Energy Straitjacket

Washington, D.C. — Runaway energy demand is outstripping markets’ ability to deliver, binding America in an “energy straitjacket,” according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). ACEEE today released a new report, America’s Energy Straitjacket, which finds that the resulting high energy prices show no early prospects for relief, spurring inflation and threatening economic growth.

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Press Release | March 9, 2006

Efficiency Resource Standards: The Next Big Bang for Energy Policy

Washington, D.C. — An Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) could save as much energy as improving U.S. vehicles’ fuel economy to 40 mpg, according to a report issued today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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