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Press Release | April 14, 2005

Weak House Bill Moves Backwards on Energy Savings: ACEEE Report Highlights the Efficiency Gap

Washington, D.C. — Congress began markups on major energy legislation this week in the face of high energy prices threatening the economy and rising oil imports threatening U.S. energy security. According to analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in a report released today, Senator Alexander's energy bill (S. 726) would save more than twice the energy as the 2003 conference bill (H.R. 6). H.R. 6 energy savings have been cut even further by committee markups this week, roughly in half relative to ACEEE's original analysis.

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Press Release | March 29, 2005

ACEEE Study Seeks the Link Between Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines recent experience with demand response (DR) programs across the United States and seeks to better understand the relationship between demand response and energy efficiency. The study raises timely issues as the continued growth of electricity demand is putting stress on the U.S. power grid and leading to a resurgence of interest in "demand-side" resource strategies.

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Press Release | January 3, 2005

ACEEE Supports Balanced Natural Gas Policy Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) joined with a diverse group of business, consumer, and environmental organizations today in supporting a new and balanced initiative for a U.S. natural gas energy policy. Said ACEEE's Executive Director Steven Nadel: "This thoughtful initiative, using energy efficiency as the leading component of a three-pronged approach, offers the nation a new pathway to efficient use and affordable supplies of natural gas. We urge the new Congress to take note, and build a natural gas bill on these principles."

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Press Release | August 12, 2004

Countdown to an Energy Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With oil prices spiking above the record $45 per barrel level this week, the public may forget the other energy challenges that are confronting the United States. A year ago, following the largest electric blackout in U.S. history that took place August 14, 2003, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) warned that the country's appetite for energy was exceeding the market's ability to provide stable supplies.

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Press Release | April 14, 2004

Delivering the Public Goods: New Study Documents Success of State Public Benefits Energy Efficiency Policies

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is pleased to announce the publication of its new report, Five Years In: An Examination of the First Half-Decade of Public Benefits Energy Efficiency Policies, a comprehensive national review of utility sector "public benefits" energy efficiency policies. Such policies have been adopted in twenty states around the country, and are providing nearly $1 billion per year in funding for programs to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in those participating states.

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Press Release | December 9, 2003

Fast Help for Soaring Gas Prices: Profiles of America's Best Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Programs

Washington, D.C. — In the midst of a growing natural gas crisis, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released Responding to the Natural Gas Crisis: America's Best Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, which profiles over 30 examples of outstanding natural gas energy efficiency programs from around the nation. Dr.

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Blog Post | September 14, 2003

The Energy Crisis Trifecta

For most of 2003, the hot national energy issue was the high prices and tight supplies for natural gas. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham held a Natural Gas Summit on June 26, and has since launched the Smart Energy Campaign to encourage consumer action on energy efficiency and conservation.

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Press Release | April 25, 2003

State Energy Efficiency Programs Keep Growing in Contrast to Federal Retreat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite weak state budgets and a soft economy, states and utilities are boosting their investment in energy efficiency, while the federal government continues to cut efficiency programs. "Energy efficiency programs are expanding because they keep the lights on, keep energy prices affordable, stimulate the economy, and cut air pollution," said Dr. Martin Kushler, Utility Program Director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). "We fail to see why the federal government is increasingly blind to these vital public benefits."

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Press Release | April 11, 2003

ACEEE Recognizes The Nation's Top Energy Efficiency Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is pleased to announce its new report profiling 63 energy efficiency programs selected from around the country for their "best practices." These 63 programs are spread across 20 different program categories, ranging from commercial new construction to residential lighting. ACEEE selected these programs from over 130 programs nominated in a national search.

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Press Release | February 5, 2003

States Are Picking Up Efficiency Funding Slack; Federal Government Fails to Match Effort

Washington, D.C. — Halting a dramatic decline, spending on utility and related state energy efficiency programs has rebounded modestly from the late 1990s, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) new report, State Scorecard on Utility and Public Benefits Energy Efficiency Programs: An Update. Total annual spending on energy efficiency programs reached a high point of about $1.6 billion in 1993 and dropped dramatically to about $900 million in 1997.

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