Research & Development (R&D)
For all the talk that comes out of Washington, DC, about the importance of American manufacturing, the government does strikingly little about it. There is no Department of Manufacturing, for example. Fortunately, the Department of Energy has the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), which is slated for a 68% cut under the proposed 2018 budget.
State and local governments are laboratories for innovation in energy efficiency policies and programs. Policymakers, regulators, and citizens at all levels increasingly recognize that energy efficiency is crucially important to their economies and are increasingly taking action and seeking information on policies and programs in their communities. Today ACEEE is launching a new database tool that highlights the energy efficiency leadership—and opportunities for improvement—of state and local governments around the United States.
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
Today I have the privilege of testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. My hope is that this is the beginning of a discussion that will lead to federal energy efficiency legislation later this year.
Recently I spoke at the 2012 E Source Utility Customer Experience Conference in Charlotte, where I was invited to talk about user-centered design and the role of ethnography in helping utilities design programs to more effectively reach their customers and change their energy use behaviors.
Emerging Technologies Increase Consumer Choice and Improve Performance
Washington, D.C.—New energy-efficient water heating technologies and practices can save residential and commercial buildings on average 37% more energy than conventional technologies. These energy savings could be worth nearly $18 billion, according to a new study of emerging technologies released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
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
Welcome to Summer Study! When ACEEE hosted the first Summer Study in 1980 at the University of California, Santa Cruz, we were a brand new organization of volunteers. Since then, we’ve grown into a professional organization of 40 full-time staff while the Summer Study has grown from about 100 participants in 1980 to a sell-out crowd of over 1,000 this year. During the past 30 years, we’ve had many accomplishments, but many more challenges lie ahead.
As the debate rages on as to whether carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology will be a viable alternative to low-carbon energy sources, some companies are exploring a different approach altogether. An article in ClimateWire today details a number of efforts to sequester carbon dioxide for use in profitable products, including what some are calling "green cement," which involves injecting CO2 into seawater as a step in concrete production.