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Press Release | July 25, 2019

Senate Bill Would Extend Benefits of Utility Efficiency Programs Nationwide

Washington, DC—Today, Senator Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) introduced the American Energy Efficiency Act of 2019 with cosponsors Senator King (I-Maine) and Senator Merkley (D-Oregon). The bill sets a national energy efficiency resource standard (EERS), administered by the states, to lower utility bills for consumers and reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. EERS programs work by setting energy consumption reduction targets for electricity and natural gas, with targets slowly ratcheting up over time.

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Press Release | July 17, 2019

Portman-Shaheen Bill Offers Needed Bipartisan Energy Solution

Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. This legislation will improve building efficiency and reduce U.S. energy consumption and carbon emissions nationwide.

Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE):

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Blog Post | January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! We look back at 2018’s progress and challenges and forward to 2019’s potential

In 2018, states, cities and companies made progress on energy efficiency, while the federal government took steps backward. This year holds promising opportunities, particularly at the state, city and business level. Unfortunately, we expect a continued need to defend efficiency standards, targets, and funding at the federal level and in a few states.

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Press Release | December 12, 2018

Farm Bill Advances Rural Energy Efficiency

Statement of R. Neal Elliott, Senior Director of Research

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Press Release | October 19, 2018

ACEEE Statement on the International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency 2018 Report

ACEEE welcomes the release of the Energy Efficiency 2018 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report underscores efficiency’s critical role in meeting greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement and highlights the disappointing news that efficiency investments have slightly decreased in the United States and China.

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Press Release | June 26, 2018

World Energy Rankings Suggest Countries Need Energy Efficiency to Meet Paris Goals

Italy and Germany place first, US loses ground, Mexico improves

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Blog Post | June 19, 2018

Tune in to the 2018 World Cup of Energy Efficiency!

As the world remains fixated on one of the most-anticipated sporting events of the year, ACEEE will release the results of its own World Cup. Will Germany defend its 2014 World Cup title and its 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard triumph? The wait is almost over.

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Blog Post | May 30, 2018
Blog Post | March 26, 2018

Award-winning programs improve health and cut energy waste

In a promising trend that connects health and energy, a rising number of organizations have launched initiatives within the past 10 years to mitigate indoor health risks while reducing energy waste. Our new report, The Next Nexus: Exemplary Programs that Save Energy and Improve Health, recognizes the best by announcing the six winners of the new Health and Energy Linked Programs (HELP) Award.

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Blog Post | March 26, 2018

The path to fuel economy is clear, even with truck sales in high gear

The Trump administration appears to be nearing a decision to roll back light-duty fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. Automakers have promoted this reckless action by claiming that the standards are too tough now that consumers are buying larger vehicles, which typically use more fuel.

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