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Blog Post | March 13, 2014

Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans: The Best Recipe for Clean Air

A new tool released today by ACEEE may provide the secret ingredient for achieving emissions reductions that can appeal to even the most finicky tastes.

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Blog Post | March 12, 2014

Indiana Businesses Support Energy Efficiency. So Why is the Legislature Trying to Gut the State’s Programs?

What began in the Indiana Senate as an ill-advised but simple industrial opt-out bill took an unexpected, hard turn in the Indiana General Assembly last week, morphing into a bill that completely eliminates Indiana’s energy efficiency resource standard [no-glossary](EERS)[/no-glossary].

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Blog Post | February 21, 2014

Moving On Up: EERS Policies Now Implemented in 26 States

State-led energy efficiency efforts have made significant progress this year, particularly energy efficiency resource standards (EERS), or policies that require long-term energy savings. ACEEE has been tracking EERS policies for many years, and the past few have been a bit of a rollercoaster. Beginning in 2004, several states a year committed to EERS targets, and by late 2010 we counted twenty-six states with EERS policies in place. But, like any good roller coaster ride, the upward climb was followed by a downward drop.

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Blog Post | January 22, 2014

Proving Energy Efficiency Creates Jobs: Seeking A New Standard Method

Proponents of energy efficiency believe that it not only saves energy and money, it creates jobs. The stronger the evidence that energy efficiency programs and polices create economic opportunity and jobs, the greater the likelihood that federal, state, and local governments will support them. Managers of existing programs use a variety of methods to monitor and evaluate their job creation impacts in order to justify and extend the investment.

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Blog Post | January 15, 2014

Net Savings For Non-Evaluators: Some Concepts Rather Than Statistics

 How much energy savings resulted from a given energy efficiency program? This is the fundamental question that program evaluators have faced since the days of the very first energy efficiency programs in the 1970’s.

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Blog Post | January 7, 2014

Significant Progress on Energy Efficiency in 2013—And 2014 Could Be Even Better

As 2013 draws to a close, it's useful to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the coming one. Despite political and economic headwinds, the states and federal and local governments continued to make progress on energy efficiency policies in 2013. Among the states, Mississippi and Louisiana decided to begin utility programs, and Connecticut and Maine passed legislation to advance efficiency initiatives.

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Press Release | November 6, 2013

Massachusetts Most Energy-Efficient State in 2013 with California Close Behind at #2, Mississippi is Most Improved

Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, NY, OR, CT, RI, VT, WA, MD, and IL

5 States Most Needing Improvement : ND, WY, SD, AK, MS

5 Most Improved States: MS, ME, KS, OH, and WV

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Blog Post | October 2, 2013

Using the Energy-Water Nexus to Build Better Programs

In the pursuit of new and more significant energy efficiency savings, ACEEE has published several reports outlining some of the innovative ways utilities can help their customers reduce energy waste through program design and new technologies.

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Blog Post | July 26, 2013

Rollin’ on the River

Like the great river that is its namesake, Mississippi has been moving swiftly along on efforts to save residents and businesses money on their energy bills, and as a result is becoming a regional leader in energy efficiency. Governor Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Legislature, and the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) have all taken major steps recently to improve energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | July 11, 2013

Energy Efficiency Resource Standards Chart a Steady Course

Utilities and policymakers are increasingly turning to energy efficiency as a low-cost way to meet or curtail rising energy demand. One policy tool in particular—an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS)—has been instrumental in providing a framework for energy efficiency across the nation.

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