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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite weak state budgets and a soft economy, states and utilities are boosting their investment in energy efficiency, while the federal government continues to cut efficiency programs. "Energy efficiency programs are expanding because they keep the lights on, keep energy prices affordable, stimulate the economy, and cut air pollution," said Dr. Martin Kushler, Utility Program Director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). "We fail to see why the federal government is increasingly blind to these vital public benefits."
Washington, D.C. — Halting a dramatic decline, spending on utility and related state energy efficiency programs has rebounded modestly from the late 1990s, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) new report, State Scorecard on Utility and Public Benefits Energy Efficiency Programs: An Update. Total annual spending on energy efficiency programs reached a high point of about $1.6 billion in 1993 and dropped dramatically to about $900 million in 1997.
BALTIMORE, MD — New plans for electricity service in Maryland will bring higher bills, less stable rates, and more pollution, according to a group of eleven environmental organizations and advocates of clean energy. In a letter released today to the Maryland Public Service Commission, the groups urged the commission not to approve a "settlement agreement" recently signed by the state's major electric companies, large power users, the commission staff, and other state officials.
Washington, D.C. — Due to deregulating energy markets, state governments are looking for ways to encourage diversification of power production resources, and some states are developing policies regarding combined heat and power (CHP). The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) new report, State Opportunities for Action: Review of Combined Heat and Power State Activities, reviews current state activities regarding CHP, including interconnection standards, emissions regulations, and financial incentives.