In early November, Stanford University's Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) convened a new modeling exercise in Washington, D.C. to explore the role of energy efficiency in shaping future energy demand. Called EMF 25 (or, the 25th such exercise organized since the late 1970s), this may be good news for energy efficiency policy analysts. While details are still emerging, it is likely that economists and modelers will spend a number of months examining ways to do a better job of integrating energy efficiency behaviors and investments into long-term policy scenarios.
State Energy Efficiency Analyses Show Positive Returns for Economic Growth and Job Creation: U.S. Energy Policy Assessments Can Benefit
Washington, D.C. — A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) concludes that energy efficiency can contribute to the growth of state economies, and, by extension, to the United States as a whole.
ACEEE's Laitner Testifies At House Science Subcommittee Hearing: Too Many Economic Models Get Energy/Climate Policy Wrong
Washington, D.C. — Testifying today at the U.S. House Science Subcommittee on Research and Science Education today, ACEEE Senior Economist for Technology Policy John A. "Skip" Laitner said that "most current economic policy models substantially overestimate the costs of energy and climate policies, because they consistently overlook the economic benefits of energy savings from accelerated adoption of energy-efficient technologies, changing social preferences, and more energy-aware behaviors."
Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) applauds Florida Governor Charlie Crist for "bold steps" announced July 13 that will change Florida's energy future and take important actions to combat global warming.
"Governor Crist has moved Florida toward the vanguard of states on clean energy policy by recognizing that energy efficiency is the first fuel in the race for a clean and affordable energy future," said Steven Nadel, ACEEE's Executive Director.
Study Shows That Florida Could Save $28 Billion and Create More Than 14,000 Jobs Through Energy Efficiency
Washington, D.C. — Florida could save $28 billion—enough to cover this year's entire education and transportation budgets—by using energy efficiency strategies that are available now, says a study released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
As decision makers wrestle with challenging long-term energy and climate-related issues, the need for improvements to economic modeling for policymakers takes on new urgency. In an effort to highlight opportunities to improve policy modeling, ACEEE sponsored a successful workshop in Washington, D.C. on November 16 and 17, 2006: "Energy and Economic Policy Models: A Re-examination of Some Fundamental Issues." The workshop was hosted by ACEEE and the University of California. It was the kickoff event in a series of planned meetings focusing on modeling.