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Press Release | December 3, 2019

Twelve Strategies To Step Up Global Energy Efficiency

Washington, DC – A drastic reduction in global energy use will be essential for an affordable and manageable transition to a renewables-based clean energy future, according to a joint twelve-strategies report today by the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the India-based Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy. The report offers recommendations to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency.

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Blog Post | September 6, 2019

In case you missed it: Six 2020 candidates discuss energy efficiency

The 2020 presidential candidates aren’t pulling punches when it comes to energy waste and climate change.

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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