National Policy

Blog Post | January 24, 2020

Trouble ahead for US appliance efficiency standards

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan for national appliance standards for 2020 has come into focus, and the picture is not pretty. Hard on the heels of its rollback of light bulb standards in late 2019, the administration last week finalized its re-write of the process used for developing new energy efficiency standards.

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Press Release | January 16, 2020

New DOE Rule Undercuts a Top US Policy for Saving Energy

In yet another attack on energy-saving policies, the Trump administration today approved a rule that will make it much more difficult to set new energy efficiency standards for common appliances and equipment — from refrigerators, dishwashers and home furnaces to commercial air conditioners and industrial motors.

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Blog Post | January 10, 2020

DOE publishes four new efficiency standards, bowing to court order

It took a lawsuit, but today the Department of Energy (DOE) published the first new national appliance efficiency standards since 2017.

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Blog Post | January 2, 2020

2019 and 2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The past year has been a mixture of good and bad news on the energy efficiency front, and 2020 (our 40th anniversary) promises more of the same. Overall, there’s a lot to celebrate, but much more needs to be done to advance efficiency and address climate change.

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Press Release | December 16, 2019

First-of-Its-Kind Report Reveals Dramatic Energy Efficiency Impacts, Warns of Stalled Progress in Face of Climate Challenge

WASHINGTON—Energy efficiency is a diverse and immensely powerful toolkit that has saved hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs while preventing sharp increases in greenhouse gas emissions, but progress is now at risk of stalling, a report today finds.

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Blog Post | December 10, 2019

New Year’s countdown: Our top 10 blog posts of 2019

As the holidays approach and this year comes to a close, we want to share 2019 highlights for ACEEE and energy efficiency. We released our popular state and city scorecards, spotlighted exemplary US efficiency programs, and ranked the greenest (and meanest) vehicles.

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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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