Since the 1980s, energy efficiency appliance standards have been saving consumers money and creating jobs throughout the U.S. These standards translate into savings when new, energy-efficient equipment is purchased, reducing utility bills for consumers and businesses.
Arkansas Energy Efficiency Investments Would Create Thousands of Local Jobs and Save Customers Billions
State Already On Track to Becoming the Most Energy Efficient in Southeast
Washington, D.C. — National appliance energy efficiency standards for common household and business products generated about 340,000 jobs in 2010, or 0.2% of the nation’s jobs, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP).
While the ACEEE 30th Anniversary Policy and Analysis Conference included many excellent presentations on the two topics in its title, based on the scope of discussions, the conference might have been more accurately named the Policy, Analysis, and Communications Conference. It was clear that too often, the policy and analysis communities speak different languages.
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that its Chicago Business Barometer™ soared in December to its highest level since July 1988, representing the 15th consecutive month of expansion. Furthermore, Midwest production reached its highest level since October 2004 and new orders have returned to 2005 levels.
Congress and the news media continue to focus almost completely on the question of where we will find new sources of conventional but clean energy. Yet, the surprising insight is that the robustness of our economy squarely depends on more productive investments in energy efficiency. Indeed, the overwhelming emphasis today on new energy supplies is “crowding out” a meaningful national dialogue and progress on achieving greater efficiency in an economy that today wastes 87% of the energy we use.
Three Studies All Find that Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits Can be Met without Harming the U.S. Economy
<p>On Tuesday June 15, 2010, three studies were released on the impacts of the <a href="/topics/american-power-act-2010">American Power Act (APA)</a> as developed by Senators Kerry and Lieberman. The three studies also integrated in all or many aspects of the <a href="/topics/acela">American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA)</a> as developed by the Senate Energy Committee. All three studies found that impacts of this bill on the U.S. economy would be minimal.
Enhancing Energy Efficiency Provisions in Pending Energy & Climate Legislation Will Create Jobs, Save Consumers Money, & Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence
Washington, D.C. — A report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) at a Capitol Hill press conference with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) shows that the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act (APA) and the Senate Energy Committee’s American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA), while taking a significant stride in the right direction, could benefit from even stronger energy efficiency measures to create additional American jobs and consumer savings.
ACEEE continues to work hard on efficiency policies at the federal level and has made some progress, but the big question is whether a comprehensive federal energy and/or climate change bill will be able to move forward this year.