Local & Community Initiatives
How does where we build our homes, businesses, and transportation infrastructure impact our energy use? A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report attempts to tackle just that question. The report analyzes the energy use associated with different housing and neighborhood types. It also serves as a concise and readable primer on research related to the energy implications of “location efficiency.”
ACEEE Launches New Web-Based Resource in Response to Opportunities in Local Energy Efficiency Policy
Local policy is becoming an increasingly important driver for energy efficiency with local governments and other local leaders continuing to create innovative solutions even when federal and state leadership is lacking. Additionally, local governments have many responsibilities and relationships that put them in a unique position to effectively translate energy efficiency goals into successful implementation, and ultimately create tangible on-the-ground results.
Acting on the nexus between energy and water can contribute to creating efficient and livable communities. Examples of opportunities include energy and water equipment efficiency standards and local programs that co-promote electric, natural gas, and water savings. But this coordination between energy and water utilities has to date been very informal and as a result many opportunities slip between the cracks. Energy and water savings can be dramatically increased if these two communities are encouraged to work more closely together and are rewarded appropriately for success.
Washington, D.C. - In a new report released today, ACEEE presented profiles of over 40 municipal energy efficiency programs as a guide for cities and counties preparing to implement federally-funded energy efficiency and conservation plans.
UPDATE: The calculator is out of date. If you'd like help estimating job creation in relation to energy efficiency, please contact our chief economist, Jim Barrett.
Washington, D.C. — Today the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published a jobs calculator for estimating the employment impacts of energy efficiency projects funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Energy Efficiency and Onsite Renewables Can Help Address Electricity Concerns in Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth Areas
Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy (EE/RE) can meet most of the projected electricity needs over the next 15 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas — Texas’ two largest metro areas that account for about half of the state’s population and electricity consumption. By investing in EE/RE rather than building new power plants, these regions and the state as a whole can stimulate the economy by creating net new jobs and avoid exacerbating existing air quality problems.