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Blog Post | October 30, 2013

Where Does Your Community Stand in the Race to an Energy-Efficient Economy?

The recently released 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranked 34 of the largest U.S. cities on their efforts to save energy—but we don’t think large cities should have all the fun. In order to help other cities see where they stack up, today ACEEE released the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool (Version 1.0 BETA).

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Press Release | September 17, 2013

Report Ranks U.S. Cities’ Efforts to Save Energy

Boston earns top honors in a new report ranking 34 of America’s largest cities on their efforts to cut energy use and costs; all cities have opportunity to save more

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Blog Post | June 24, 2013

New Orleans at a Crossroads: Leading Louisiana or Standing Still?

Any day now the legal and technical advisors to the City Council of New Orleans are expected to make recommendations for the proposed integrated resource plan and 2014–2017 energy efficiency programs for the city. New Orleans has been an efficiency leader in the Southeast with its quick-start Energy Smart programs that have been running since 2011.

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Blog Post | March 29, 2013

What Can Energy and Water Do Next?

Last week I participated in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Water Conservation Showcase as part of a panel on tackling the energy-water nexus.

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Press Release | March 27, 2013

Multifamily Housing Offers Opportunity for Utilities Seeking to Meet Energy Efficiency Goals

Study Recommends Nine Strategies for Designing Successful Programs

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Blog Post | March 5, 2013

“Multifamily March”: A Month for Mapping the Path to Energy Savings for Apartment Buildings and Condos

Whole-home energy retrofits are growing in popularity across the country, but what if you are one of the more than 20 million American households that live in an apartment or condo? What if you own or manage an apartment building? Multifamily buildings represent a large and mostly untapped potential for saving energy as traditional energy efficiency programs have focused on single-family homes or commercial office buildings.

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Blog Post | February 15, 2013

Capitalizing on Where Water and Energy Meet

Cross-posted from the blog of the U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter

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Press Release | January 22, 2013

12 Programs Awarded for Saving Both Water and Energy

ACEEE and AWE Announce Award-Winning Water-Energy Efficiency Programs

Washington, D.C.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) today announced the first-ever awards for exceptional efficiency programs that save both energy and water. ACEEE and AWE are recognizing a total of 12 top programs including five exemplary award winners and seven honorable mentions.

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Blog Post | October 4, 2012

Harvest Time: Community-Based Social Marketing and ”High-Hanging Fruit” in Home Energy Retrofits

On October 10, ACEEE’s Behavior and Human Dimensions of Energy Use Program will be releasing the first in a series of white papers on popular approaches for driving energy efficiency using social science methods and insights.

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Blog Post | September 6, 2012

Energy Efficiency and Economic Opportunity

The economic benefits of energy efficiency extend far beyond lowering energy bills for consumers. Efficiency also contributes to economic development and job creation. But who benefits most from these economic opportunities? At every step of the economic value chain produced by efficiency investments (see figure below), there are opportunities to target the economic and social benefits to those households, businesses, geographies, or sectors for whom they will make the biggest difference.

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