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Blog Post | November 12, 2008

ACEEE Launches State Energy Efficiency Policy Database

Last month ACEEE finalized a new on-line resource for state policymakers and energy efficiency advocates, the State Energy Efficiency Policy Database. The site serves as an easy-to-use on-line database of energy efficiency policies in the states, searchable by state or by policy. Each state has separate pages for each extant policy area, with links to external resources, information on useful contacts, and ACEEE research.

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Blog Post | November 12, 2008

ACEEE "Rates the States": The 2008 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

  Top Ten States  1. California  2. Oregon  3. Connecticut  4. Vermont  5. New York  6. Washington  7. Massachusetts (tie)  7.   Minnesota (tie)  9. Wisconsin  10.  New Jersey    In October, ACEEE released The 2008 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the second annual edition of the state-by-state rankings on energy efficiency programs and policies.

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Blog Post | October 1, 2008

October, 2008 – Federal Tax Incentives Legislative Update

On Oct. 3, 2008, the President signed into law legislation to extend many of the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives first enacted in 2005 but that expired at the end of 2007 or that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2008.  The bill also includes extensions of a variety of renewable energy tax incentives.  The energy efficiency provisions include:

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Blog Post | July 9, 2008

New Fuel Economy Standards—Keeping Up with the Real World?

In April, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a rule to ramp up fuel economy (CAFE) standards over the years 2011-2015, reaching an average of 31.6 miles per gallon in 2015. The rule represents the first phase in implementing the requirement in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that new cars and trucks reach at least 35 miles per gallon by 2020, an increase of 40% over today's levels.

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Press Release | April 22, 2008

Fuel Economy Rule Promises Substantial Efficiency Gains Fumbles on Climate Protection

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) expressed optimism regarding the car and light truck fuel economy requirements proposed today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), but denounced DOT's continuing attempts to interfere with states' climate protection efforts. The DOT rule would be the first step towards meeting the increase in CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

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Press Release | February 19, 2008

Natural Gas and Hybrid Vehicles Still Stars Diesels Still No-Shows in Annual Ranking of Top Eco-Friendly Vehicles

Washington, D.C. — With the auto world focused on fuel efficiency in the face of $100-per-barrel oil, new fuel economy requirements, and concern about climate change, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today named the year's "greenest" and "meanest" vehicles, along with environmental scorings of all model year 2008 cars and passenger trucks. This announcement marks the eleventh year ACEEE has published its widely-respected rankings.

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Blog Post | December 4, 2007

New Fuel Economy Standards & Other Energy Efficiency Policies Coming to a Vote Soon on Capitol Hill!

After months of work on its substance, and weeks of speculation about which provisions would ultimately be included, an energy bill is expected to be unveiled today.

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Blog Post | July 15, 2007

CAFE Bills Brewing in Congress

At long last, an increase in car and light truck fuel economy standards has passed the U.S. Senate. The Senate energy bill (an amendment to H.R.6) raises the standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020—up from today’s average of 24.6 miles per gallon. But the bill also hands the Department of Transportation discretion to lower these targets if they’re not “cost-effective,” a major weakness given DOT’s record of timid fuel economy rulemaking.

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Press Release | February 6, 2007

Clean Sweep by Imports in Annual Ranking of Top Eco-Friendly Vehicles

Washington, D.C. — Amid numerous industry claims of eco-friendly vehicles and rising public concern about U.S. oil dependence, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today named the year's "greenest" and "meanest" vehicles, along with environmental scorings of all model year 2007 cars and passenger trucks. This announcement marks the tenth year ACEEE has published its widely respected rankings.

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Blog Post | January 7, 2007

CAFE Percolating Again

Prospects for substantially higher vehicle fuel economy standards are looking up, thanks in part to the White House. President Bush’s State of the Union proposal to reduce gasoline consumption twenty percent by 2017 was met with skepticism by many due to its heavy reliance on unspecified “alternative” fuels.

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