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Blog Post | February 10, 2015

Why we don’t have to choose between energy efficiency programs and market-driven solutions

Part One in a series where ACEEE examines the most effective roles for energy efficiency programs and market-driven solutions in scaling the deployment of energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | January 8, 2015

Assessing favorability for CHP deployment in your state

Here at ACEEE we are big fans of combined heat and power (CHP). It’s energy efficient, it helps with resiliency, and it could be a key strategy for complying with carbon pollution reduction requirements.

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Blog Post | December 4, 2014

Some utilities are rushing to raise fixed charges. That would be bad for the economy and your utility bill

Slow growth in electricity demand (or, in some places, flat or declining sales) and growing numbers of customer photovoltaic systems are creating concern among utilities about their ability to adequately recover the costs associated with producing electricity. In response, there has been a disturbing trend around the country of utilities proposing to simply raise monthly “fixed charges,” or the charges we pay to the utility just for being a customer.

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Blog Post | November 10, 2014

Commission staff proposal would encroach on Arizonans’ freedom to choose how they use energy

Voters made many decisions on Election Day. Governors were chosen and new laws were adopted. But one choice Arizona voters didn’t get to make may raise utility costs for families and businesses in the state.

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Blog Post | November 5, 2014

We can’t have water without energy, but how much energy do we need?

Let’s have a conversation about water and energy. We know that the two resources are connected: We need water to produce electricity, mostly for thermal power plants (though we are going to put that aside today). We need energy to pump water out of the ground, treat it so it is potable, and then re-treat it after we use it to shower or wash clothes. We also need energy to heat water in our homes, businesses, and industrial facilities.

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Press Release | October 21, 2014

Massachusetts Tops California as Most Energy-Efficient State, while Arkansas, D.C., Kentucky, and Wisconsin are Most Improved

Top 10 States are MA, CA, RI, OR, VT, CT, NY, WA, MD, and MN; 5 States Most in Need of Improvement are ND, WY, SD, MS, and AK

Washington, D.C.—Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Blog Post | October 16, 2014

By the numbers: A 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard preview

We spend a lot of time here at ACEEE with numbers. We calculate energy savings, efficiency investments, and jobs. Even with all this data at our fingertips, though, I’m always most curious to see the numbers we produce every fall in the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. This will be the eighth year we’ve ranked states on their adoption of policies that encourage energy efficiency, and while some results are easy to predict, there are always a few surprises.

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Blog Post | August 1, 2014

Energy efficiency for natural gas is still consistently cheaper and less risky than supply

At ACEEE we focus a lot on electricity, electric efficiency programs, and how energy efficiency is the least-cost electric resource. Well, it shouldn’t be a surprise, but there is a parallel and very similar success story for natural gas efficiency.

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Press Release | July 24, 2014

ACEEE Executive Director Testifying Before House Energy and Power Subcommittee Today on “The Economic Impacts of State Energy Policies”

Washington D.C.—At a congressional hearing today, Steven Nadel, executive director of ACEEE, said that “states are stepping out and leading energy efficiency efforts in the United States as a way to save energy, lower consumer bills, and promote economic development.”

In his testimony, Nadel noted that there are large opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency investments, investments that can aid economic development by:

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Blog Post | July 15, 2014

Shining a bright light on Florida utility savings

Every 5 years, the Florida Public Service Commission is required by the Florida Energy Efficiency Conservation Act to evaluate its energy savings goals and select programs for inclusion in its next 10-year plan. These reviews offer an opportunity for Florida to look back at the past, and forward to the future, and determine just how much energy their programs can save. In recent years, states all over the country have bulked up their energy savings goals, planning for affordable, reliable, clean energy.

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