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Blog Post | September 26, 2019

Putting a price on carbon is not easy; energy efficiency can help

Carbon pricing has gained ground worldwide but has also drawn increased pushback in recent years, becoming a political issue, as illustrated in the current Canadian election. To accelerate its success, more evaluations are needed to understand the economic impacts of existing policies and the promising role of energy efficiency.

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Press Release | September 17, 2019

Energy Efficiency Can Slash Emissions and Get US Halfway to Climate Goals

Washington DC — As international leaders gather next week to discuss climate action during Climate Week NYC, new research shows that energy efficiency can slash US energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050 and get the United States halfway toward its climate goals.

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Blog Post | July 22, 2019

Hot enough for you? Utilities need to transform to address climate goals

As the United States swelters from yet another heat wave, much greater utility transformation — with energy efficiency at its core — will be needed to address the rise in extreme weather events and other factors linked to climate change. Yet state efforts to develop the utility of the future seem to be falling short.

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Press Release | June 19, 2019

Affordable Clean Energy Rule Misses Chance to Slash Carbon Emissions

Statement of Steven Nadel, executive director

The Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), announced today by the US Environmental Protection Agency, misses a large opportunity to slash carbon emissions, reduce air pollution, and save money. The rule recognizes that energy efficiency measures at power plants can reduce both carbon emissions and consumer utility bills, but it will deliver relatively few savings.

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Blog Post | January 3, 2019

More states and provinces adopt carbon pricing to cut emissions

Across North America, efforts to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions are growing, creating a market-based incentive to reduce emissions and energy use. Currently 14 US states and Canadian provinces plus one US city have done so, with seven additional states and provinces in active pursuit, according to ACEEE’s new white paper.  

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Blog Post | December 12, 2018

Climate challenge: Cut the ‘gray carbon wedge’ of industrial emissions

Recent major climate reports highlight public interest in addressing climate change. There is broad agreement that we won’t achieve carbon reduction goals without cutting emissions from the industrial sector, which accounts for more than a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Blog Post | October 23, 2018

IEA reports large energy efficiency gains but calls for accelerated efforts

Energy-saving efforts continue to deliver vast gains, but their progress is slowing and will need at least a doubling of investment in order to reach global sustainability goals, according to the International Energy Agency’s new Energy Efficiency 2018 market report, released last week.

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Blog Post | October 2, 2018

Stormy weather ahead: Federal agencies begin to roll back efficiency policy

More than 600 days into the Trump administration, amid constant reports of regulatory rollbacks, there’s been surprisingly little damage to energy efficiency…yet. But now the administrative winds are starting to blow, rulemakings are under way—with a couple open comment periods—and we are working hard to hold onto the energy savings we have been helping to build.

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Blog Post | September 18, 2018

How Might Electrification Affect Electric and Gas Systems? Recent Studies Shed Both Light and Heat

Electrification is gaining a lot of attention as efforts mount to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and address climate change. ACEEE sees an important role for energy efficiency in these efforts. In fact, we see beneficial electrification – that which reduces total energy, costs, and emissions – as a form of energy efficiency. It can complement traditional efficiency approaches, and together, they can help meet energy, GHG, and economic goals.

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Blog Post | September 6, 2018

California must go big on energy efficiency to be carbon-free by 2045

California’s official push toward a carbon-free electricity system, now awaiting the governor’s signature, will need dramatic contributions from energy efficiency to succeed.

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