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Blog Post | January 2, 2020

2019 and 2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The past year has been a mixture of good and bad news on the energy efficiency front, and 2020 (our 40th anniversary) promises more of the same. Overall, there’s a lot to celebrate, but much more needs to be done to advance efficiency and address climate change.

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Press Release | December 20, 2019

Great Holiday News: Building Code to Make New Homes and Buildings More Energy Efficient

Washington, D.C. — New US homes will be more energy efficient, save consumers money, and reduce harmful carbon emissions because of a new and improved building code that many cities and states will adopt.  

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Blog Post | December 12, 2019

Tool allows communities to assess clean energy progress; Montgomery County calls it ‘innovative’

Our 2019 City Scorecard assesses the 75 largest US cities on their clean energy efforts, serving as the beginning of a policy roadmap. Now, communities of all sizes can use the updated Local Clean Energy Self-Scoring Tool to track their progress, identify areas for improvement, and compare their results to peers.

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Blog Post | September 9, 2019

US cities adopt stricter building energy codes

As US cities ramp up their clean energy efforts, stricter building energy codes are some of their biggest success stories. In fact, 30 cities have taken steps to reduce energy waste in buildings by improving these codes, according to the newly released 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard.

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Press Release | July 24, 2019

US Cities Boost Clean Energy Efforts but Few on Track to Meet Climate Goals

Scorecard of 75 large US cities reveals the top 10, including Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC. 

Washington, DC — US cities are ramping up their clean energy efforts, notably with stricter energy-saving rules for buildings, but only a few cities appear on track to meet their community-wide climate goals, according to the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, released today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. 

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Blog Post | June 12, 2019

Here are six ways we have slashed US energy use by a fifth

Major energy efficiency policies slashed US energy use by about 20% in 2017, saving a whopping 25 quads of energy —the amount used in California, Texas, and Florida combined.

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Blog Post | May 8, 2019

Portland’s cutting-edge tool for home buyers gains momentum in other US cities

Ever wonder how much a home’s utility bills will cost before you buy it? Portland, Oregon, has a cutting-edge policy that gives homebuyers such information, enabling them to consider energy efficiency when buying a home, just as many consumers do when shopping for a car. Other cities are looking at similar programs.

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Blog Post | April 25, 2019

Energy-efficient building codes are a cost-effective foundation for rooftop solar

An ACEEE analysis released today finds that energy efficiency and solar make complementary energy and carbon reductions in new home construction, but when budgets are tight, efficiency needs to come first. Throughout the United States, energy efficiency is more cost effective. Each month, it delivers $4 to $32 in net savings while rooftop solar alone can cost up to $14.

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Blog Post | February 28, 2019

Florida could add 135,000 jobs by embracing five energy policies

New ACEEE research shows that Florida could bolster energy efficiency policies to gain 135,000 jobs, making the state’s economy a bit sunnier.

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