Efficiency Potential & Market Analysis
With federal leadership faltering, states are showing the way for energy efficiency policy. Congress seems unable to pass a comprehensive energy bill with robust efficiency policies. The Administration is eroding funding support for many core energy efficiency programs. Meanwhile:
Natural gas is coming into sharp focus as the nation's #1 energy policy issue. While electricity was on the front page during the 2000-2001 California crisis and the August 2003 blackout, electricity prices now are mostly stable. Oil prices, while they rose somewhat during the Iraq war, have not generated the economic disaster they did in the 1970s. But natural gas prices have risen to record levels, and show signs of staying high for years to come.
New National Study Shows Efficiency and Renewables Can Provide Immediate Relief From High Natural Gas Prices
Washington, D.C. — New investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation could begin lowering natural gas prices immediately and help retain manufacturing jobs, a study prepared by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released today shows. The Energy Foundation (EF) commissioned ACEEE to prepare the study, Impacts of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on Natural Gas Markets, to determine whether efficiency and renewables would produce significant price reductions and cost savings by reducing demand for natural gas.
Washington, D.C. — Yesterday's blackout in the Northeast is a dramatic reminder that North Americans' consumption of electricity can readily outstrip our electric power infrastructure. While the cause of this outage is not yet certain, it is clear that hot summer temperatures led to high demand for air conditioning and severely taxed the region's electricity system. "This disaster highlights the need for energy efficiency, especially in air conditioning systems, to keep peak loads manageable and to keep the lights on for all of us," said Bill Prindle, Deputy Director of ACEEE.
Skyrocketing Natural Gas Prices to Increase Home Heating Bills: Energy Efficiency "Insurance" Provides Immediate and Long-Term Relief
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This winter's huge price increases for natural gas are hitting American consumers with higher heating bills, and may set back the nation's economic recovery. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) offers consumers and Congress practical energy efficiency options that can help consumers reduce their bills and put the nation on a more secure energy footing.