Arkansas Energy Efficiency Investments Would Create Thousands of Local Jobs and Save Customers Billions
State Already On Track to Becoming the Most Energy Efficient in Southeast
Analysis of 2005 Energy Policy Act Shows Markets Transformed and Doors Opened to Further Legislation
Washington, D.C. — National appliance energy efficiency standards for common household and business products generated about 340,000 jobs in 2010, or 0.2% of the nation’s jobs, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP).
While the ACEEE 30th Anniversary Policy and Analysis Conference included many excellent presentations on the two topics in its title, based on the scope of discussions, the conference might have been more accurately named the Policy, Analysis, and Communications Conference. It was clear that too often, the policy and analysis communities speak different languages.
Each year when we set out to research and write the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, we find that states are rapidly moving forward on energy efficiency policies, achieving real results by helping people to save money and stop wasting energy. The quick pace of progress makes compiling states’ information quite challenging, which is why we have developed a foolproof strategy to engage the states and enlist their help as we draft the report.
Enhancing Energy Efficiency Provisions in Pending Energy & Climate Legislation Will Create Jobs, Save Consumers Money, & Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence
Washington, D.C. — A report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) at a Capitol Hill press conference with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) shows that the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act (APA) and the Senate Energy Committee’s American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA), while taking a significant stride in the right direction, could benefit from even stronger energy efficiency measures to create additional American jobs and consumer savings.
Washington, D.C. — The compromise Kerry-Lieberman proposal released today misses out on a key opportunity to address the cost of curbing climate change by including little on energy efficiency — the first, best, and least-cost carbon-reduction opportunity. The Kerry-Lieberman proposal does much less for energy efficiency than previous major climate change bills. Relative to the climate bills passed by the House and reported out by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, two major energy efficiency provisions have been dramatically reduced.
Washington, D.C. — Today both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate moved forward on legislation to improve energy efficiency in the United States. The House passed a new program called "Home Star" that will help homeowners reduce their energy bills through energy efficiency investments and at the same time help our struggling economy by providing jobs for construction workers. On the Senate side, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee reported out a set of amendments that adopt new consensus minimum efficiency standards on a variety of products.
A quick glance at ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard over the past few years will reveal some distinct regional divides. States on the east and west coasts and in the upper Midwest occupy the most spots at the top of the list, while the Southeast consistently ranks low in energy efficiency. Considering the region’s economic reliance on fossil fuels, it is no surprise that the concept of saving energy is met with skepticism.