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."
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.
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.
BALTIMORE, MD — New plans for electricity service in Maryland will bring higher bills, less stable rates, and more pollution, according to a group of eleven environmental organizations and advocates of clean energy. In a letter released today to the Maryland Public Service Commission, the groups urged the commission not to approve a "settlement agreement" recently signed by the state's major electric companies, large power users, the commission staff, and other state officials.
Private Sector Needs Help to Save Energy-Study Finds Government Role Is Crucial in Achieving Energy Efficiency
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States is dealing with concerns about national security and the reliability and high cost of electricity. Expanded energy efficiency efforts would address all three issues. A new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Can We Just "Rely on the Market" to Provide Energy Efficiency? An Examination of the Role of Private Market Actors in an Era of Electric Utility Restructuring, examines who should provide energy efficiency services.