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Blog Post | January 7, 2014

Significant Progress on Energy Efficiency in 2013—And 2014 Could Be Even Better

As 2013 draws to a close, it's useful to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the coming one. Despite political and economic headwinds, the states and federal and local governments continued to make progress on energy efficiency policies in 2013. Among the states, Mississippi and Louisiana decided to begin utility programs, and Connecticut and Maine passed legislation to advance efficiency initiatives.

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Blog Post | October 30, 2013

Where Does Your Community Stand in the Race to an Energy-Efficient Economy?

The recently released 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranked 34 of the largest U.S. cities on their efforts to save energy—but we don’t think large cities should have all the fun. In order to help other cities see where they stack up, today ACEEE released the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool (Version 1.0 BETA).

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Blog Post | August 2, 2013

Chicago House Hunters Poised to Become More Savvy Homebuyers

Chicago is making an existing energy-use disclosure ordinance more user friendly for citizens. In the 1980s, the city passed a law allowing potential homebuyers and renters access to utility information for houses and apartments of interest to them. While this gave consumers the opportunity to obtain valuable information on a major cost of housing (one that sets the average U.S. homeowner back about $2,000 a year), few prospective buyers or tenants took advantage of the access that the law provides.

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Blog Post | April 22, 2013

Why Increasing Information on a Home’s Energy Use Will Help Homebuyers Make Smarter Decisions

What if people could have access to a piece of valuable information that they don’t currently receive about the house they are considering for purchase?  What if this could happen with very little bureaucracy and limited program implementation costs? Sound appealing?

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Blog Post | February 26, 2013

Potential Directions for Federal Energy Efficiency Legislation

Today I have the privilege of testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. My hope is that this is the beginning of a discussion that will lead to federal energy efficiency legislation later this year.

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Press Release | May 16, 2012

Energy Efficiency Gains Traction in Lagging States

Despite Long-Standing Barriers, Opportunities Abound for States Furthest Behind on Energy Efficiency

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Blog Post | September 26, 2011

Austin Becomes Energy Efficiency Aware (While Keeping the City Weird)

Policies to improve the energy use information available to building owners, operators, buyers, and tenants have proliferated in the past few years.  The City of Austin, Texas and its municipal electric utility, Austin Energy, have been leaders in these information policies.

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Blog Post | July 19, 2011

Energy Conservation Ordinances Help Berkeley to Reduce Residential Energy Costs

As we have featured over the past year, local governments have many policy levers available to pull in order to improve energy efficiency—not only in their own operations, but also throughout their

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