Financial Incentives for Energy Efficiency
Washington, D.C. — Last month, President Obama signed into law a tax package that contains modifications and extensions to energy efficiency tax incentives for homeowners, home builders, and appliance manufacturers. Information on all of these energy efficiency tax incentives are accessible on the Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) Web site so that consumers and businesses can take full advantage of changed federal tax credits for energy-saving technologies and practices.
2010 was a mixed year for energy efficiency with significant progress at the state level, but ultimately only modest success to show on the national level, particularly from Congress. As our 2010 ACEEE State Energy Policy Scorecard documented, progress continued to be made at the state level.
Acting on the nexus between energy and water can contribute to creating efficient and livable communities. Examples of opportunities include energy and water equipment efficiency standards and local programs that co-promote electric, natural gas, and water savings. But this coordination between energy and water utilities has to date been very informal and as a result many opportunities slip between the cracks. Energy and water savings can be dramatically increased if these two communities are encouraged to work more closely together and are rewarded appropriately for success.
Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) Issues 10 Orders Designed to Expand the Energy Efficiency Efforts of Utilities
On Friday, December 10, 2010, Arkansas became the first state in the Southeast to adopt a comprehensive set of policies on utility energy efficiency programs, including an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). Arkansas is the twenty-sixth state to adopt an EERS. (Click here to learn about all state EERS policies.)
How do you know if your state is energy efficient? And how do you compare your state’s energy efficiency record to another’s? Those are questions that ACEEE set out to answer in its 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard report coming out next week.
As ACEEE researchers found, the answer lies in carefully examining each state’s progress on policies aimed at stopping energy waste and increasing energy savings across a wide range of sectors—from buildings to utilities to transportation.
As Congress returns from its summer recess, it is unclear whether some of the major federal energy efficiency policy priorities that ACEEE and the energy efficiency community have been working on will be enacted into law. Our priorities include:
“We face a series of energy challenges,” said Monday’s plenary speaker, economist Severin Borenstein of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. He is often called to speak to groups about these challenges when energy prices are high, and he is less popular as a speaker when prices go down. To individuals, high energy prices are a problem, but this doesn’t represent a market failure according to him.
ACEEE continues to work hard on efficiency policies at the federal level and has made some progress, but the big question is whether a comprehensive federal energy and/or climate change bill will be able to move forward this year.
Washington, D.C. — Proposed federal energy efficiency jobs provisions would create about 333,000 jobs in 2010 and then 184,000 jobs in 2011 as funding begins to ramp down, according to a new analysis released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The proposed programs include residential and commercial retrofit programs and an energy-efficient manufacturing grant program. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment will be holding hearings on these issues this week.
Recession Not Dimming States' Growing Focus on Energy Efficiency as "First Fuel," With CA, MA, and CT Rated Best on Implementing Energy Efficiency
Washington, D.C. — The current economic downturn is not sidetracking state-level efforts to make the most of energy efficiency as the cheapest, cleanest and quickest of all energy resources, according to a 50-state scorecard on energy efficiency policies, programs, and practices from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).