In a large missed opportunity to boost power grid flexibility and benefit customers, relatively few US utilities have programs that fully integrate energy efficiency and demand response, according to ACEEE’s robust review of 44 utility filings.
Washington, D.C. — The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and efficiency organizations including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have submitted a petition to the ENERGY STAR program to recognize the benefits of smart appliances and jump start the smart grid. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimates that implementing smart grid technologies could reduce electricity use by more than four percent annually by 2030. Smart appliances can have an even more profound impact on reducing expensive peak demand.
Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency programs can be effective resources for reducing peak demand as well as overall load, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The report, Examining the Peak Demand Impacts of Energy Efficiency: A Review of Program Experience and Industry Practices, documents how energy efficiency programs can deliver savings during peak demand periods when the power grid is most stressed.
Washington, D.C. -— The crucial point to understand about the Great Blackout of 2003 is that it is just a symptom of a much larger problem having to do with the inefficiency of our energy systems and the resulting massive over-consumption of energy in our country. With a mere 5% of the world's population, we consume over one-fourth of the global energy used each year. It is shocking how many of the current problems we face are linked to our excessive energy use. The Great Blackout was just the energy crisis of the week.
Washington, D.C. — Yesterday's blackout in the Northeast is a dramatic reminder that North Americans' consumption of electricity can readily outstrip our electric power infrastructure. While the cause of this outage is not yet certain, it is clear that hot summer temperatures led to high demand for air conditioning and severely taxed the region's electricity system. "This disaster highlights the need for energy efficiency, especially in air conditioning systems, to keep peak loads manageable and to keep the lights on for all of us," said Bill Prindle, Deputy Director of ACEEE.
Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency programs played a crucial role in helping to respond to electric system reliability concerns last year, according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).