In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA). This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures, which have largely been overlooked in recent discussions and analyses of ACESA. When analyses ignore the readily available benefits from energy efficiency they distort how energy and climate legislation, such as ACESA, could affect American consumers and the U.S. economy.
On the Horizon: PA and OH Energy Efficiency Studies, MI's Bold Steps, and New State Network E-Newsletter
ACEEE is set to release two timely reports on the potential for energy efficiency in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The current state of the economy has crippled many states' budgets, making it difficult for them to cope with increasing unemployment and falling tax revenues. But while darkness looms over the financial sector, the sun is rising on energy efficiency. Energy efficiency can exert a positive force in states' economies by creating new "green collar" jobs while providing relief for consumers faced with rising energy costs.
Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) would like to commend Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm for the bold "clean energy" proposal she announced yesterday at her State-of-the-State address in Lansing (see http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/SOS2009_265915_7.pdf).
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.
Washington, D.C. — Yesterday Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed legislation passed last month by the Michigan legislature that sets mandatory energy savings goals for the state's electric and gas utilities. "This legislation represents a significant achievement for Michigan, which has had no utility energy efficiency resource programs since 1995," said ACEEE Utilities Program Director, Dr. Martin Kushler. A 2007 ACEEE study (http://www.aceee.org/research-report/e07x) coauthored by Dr.
In addition to Maryland, many other states are also working on new energy efficiency policies. From New Mexico to Minnesota, from Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, legislatures are moving an array of energy policy bills.
Midwest Region Hit Hard by Natural Gas Prices: Energy Efficiency Policies Needed New Study Shows Programs Could Save Midwest Consumers Billions of Dollars.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a new study released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), investment in a modestly aggressive energy efficiency campaign could produce billions of dollars in annual net cost savings for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Midwest.