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Press Release | March 29, 2005

ACEEE Study Seeks the Link Between Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines recent experience with demand response (DR) programs across the United States and seeks to better understand the relationship between demand response and energy efficiency. The study raises timely issues as the continued growth of electricity demand is putting stress on the U.S. power grid and leading to a resurgence of interest in "demand-side" resource strategies.

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Press Release | January 13, 2005

States Leading the Way With New Energy-Saving Standards: New Report Details 18 New Appliance Efficiency Standards for States

BOSTON, MA and WASHINGTON, D.C. — From light bulbs to ice-makers to "energy vampires," new state-level appliance energy efficiency standards could save consumers and businesses billions of dollars, improve electric system reliability, cut pollution, and ease pressure on high energy prices, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP).

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Blog Post | October 6, 2004

Not Your Same Old Standards: Update on the Progress of Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards

2004 has been a very busy year for appliance and equipment efficiency standards. On the legislative front, Connecticut and Maryland have enacted appliance standards legislation, and other bills stand a good chance of passage in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. California is now considering new standards on 20 products—standards which could become a model for other states and national standards.

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Blog Post | May 3, 2004

States Strive to Fill the "Efficiency Gap"

With federal leadership faltering, states are showing the way for energy efficiency policy. Congress seems unable to pass a comprehensive energy bill with robust efficiency policies. The Administration is eroding funding support for many core energy efficiency programs. Meanwhile:

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Press Release | April 14, 2004

Delivering the Public Goods: New Study Documents Success of State Public Benefits Energy Efficiency Policies

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is pleased to announce the publication of its new report, Five Years In: An Examination of the First Half-Decade of Public Benefits Energy Efficiency Policies, a comprehensive national review of utility sector "public benefits" energy efficiency policies. Such policies have been adopted in twenty states around the country, and are providing nearly $1 billion per year in funding for programs to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in those participating states.

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Press Release | March 23, 2004

CHP Five Years Later: Federal and State Policies and Programs Update

Washington, D.C. — Five years ago, when President Clinton first expounded the promise of combined heat and power (CHP) to cut power plant energy waste in half, key market barriers blocked the mainstreaming of CHP. These included utility charges prohibiting grid interconnection, too long tax depreciation schedules, emissions regulations that do not recognize the efficiency benefits of CHP, and an environmental permitting system that is too cumbersome.

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Press Release | January 20, 2004

Annapolis to Washington: Catch Us If You Can on Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With today's General Assembly vote to override Governor Ehrlich's veto of the 2003 energy efficiency standards bill, Maryland became the latest state to institute such standards for home appliances and other energy-using equipment. State action on standards, dating back to the 1980s, has been a key factor in accelerating federal action on this issue.

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Press Release | December 11, 2003

While Feds Falter, States Forge Ahead: Energy Efficiency Innovation At the State Level

WASHINGTON, D.C. — States can take important leadership roles on the nation's energy problems, according to a new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). As Congress struggles to pass an energy bill that fails to meet one-quarter of its efficiency potential, many states continue to push forward with innovative and effective energy efficiency efforts.

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Press Release | December 3, 2003

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Can Cut Natural Gas Prices Quickly and Cost-Effectively: Consumers Would Save $103 Billion From a $7 Billion Public Investment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Policies designed to spur new investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation could begin lowering natural gas prices immediately and help consumers save money, according to Natural Gas Price Effects of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices and Policies, a study prepared by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and released today.

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Press Release | October 22, 2003

States Ramp Up Support for High-Efficiency Power Systems: Combined Heat and Power Gains Ground

Washington, D.C. — Two-thirds of the energy that feeds conventional power plants is wasted heat. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems can cut this energy waste in half by using both the electric power and the heat output. Several states, seeking to reduce power prices, improve the reliability of the power grid, and reduce air pollution, have developed policies to encourage CHP.

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