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Press Release | July 17, 2007

Transformer Manufacturer Announces Support for Efficiency Standard Boosting Proposal Being Considered by the U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, D.C. — A consortium of electric utilities and environmental and energy efficiency organizations is hailing the announcement last week by transformer manufacturer ABB to endorse new efficiency standards proposed by the consortium for the nation's approximately 41 million electric distribution transformers.

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Press Release | February 28, 2007

Targeting Electric Reliability: Energy Efficiency As a Peak Demand Resource

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.

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Press Release | February 20, 2007

Utilities, Efficiency and Environmental Groups Join to Propose New Efficiency Standard for Electric Transformers

Washington, D.C. — The nation's investor- and municipally owned electric utilities, in another indication of energy efficiency's growing value to America's economy, today joined with environmental and energy efficiency organizations to recommend significantly higher efficiency standards for the estimated 41 million distribution transformers now serving the electricity system.

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Blog Post | January 8, 2007

States Tap Efficiency As "First Fuel" in the Race for Clean Energy

While a shift in Congressional leadership promises a more serious focus on energy efficiency and other clean energy issues in the new year, states have not been standing idly by. The most significant state energy efficiency policy initiatives in recent months include ones on climate policy, energy efficiency resource standards (EERS), and new efficiency initiatives by utilities.

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Press Release | November 2, 2006

Efficiency Means Business: New Study Shows Regulatory Paths for Utilities to Profit From Energy Efficiency Programs

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released Aligning Utility Interests with Energy Efficiency Objectives: A Review of Recent Efforts at Decoupling and Performance Incentives, a comprehensive national review of state regulatory mechanisms to encourage utilities to provide customer energy efficiency programs. Such policies have been adopted in over a dozen states around the country and appear to be successfully enhancing utility support for funding and implementing energy efficiency programs.

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Press Release | September 26, 2006

Major Utilities Call on Energy Department to Strengthen Energy-Saving Transformer Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Environmental and energy efficiency advocates today praised eight utility companies for supporting strong, new national energy efficiency standards for electric distribution transformers.

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Press Release | August 8, 2006

Utility Policies Keep Efficiency Off the Grid

Washington, D.C. — Individual utility interconnection and tariff practices continue to be significant barriers faced by combined heat and power (CHP) projects, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) new report Combined Heat and Power: Connecting the Gap between Markets and Utility Interconnection and Tariff Practices (Part II). Although many states are making positive progress on CHP policies, significant barriers still stunt the realization of CHP’s nationwide potential.

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Press Release | March 2, 2006

CHP Projects Still Blocked by Some Utilities

Washington, D.C. — Individual utility interconnection and tariff practices continue to be significant barriers faced by combined heat and power (CHP) projects, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) new report Combined Heat and Power: Connecting the Gap between Markets and Utility Interconnection and Tariff Practices (Part I). Although many states are making positive progress on CHP policies, significant barriers still stunt the realization of CHP’s nationwide potential.

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Press Release | September 14, 2005

State and Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Can Use Provisions in New Federal Energy Law to Increase Local Energy Savings

Washington, D.C. — A report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) concludes that the recently enacted federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides a number of opportunities for state and local energy efficiency programs, but will also require some adjustments to local programs.

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Press Release | April 14, 2005

Ehrlich Administration Kills Energy-Saving Program for Maryland Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill to reestablish energy conservation programs in Maryland to help households save energy, reduce their utility bills, and reduce pollution died in Annapolis earlier this week. The bill (SB 397, sponsored by Sen. Brian Frosh, and its companion, HB 490, sponsored by Del. Maggie McIntosh) would have established an "Energy Saving Investment Program" (ESIP) and was virtually identical to a measure that passed the Maryland Senate in 2004 with the support of the Ehrlich Administration.

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