Last week, states from the Dakotas to New England were surprised by a late winter storm. Energy efficiency in the states has had its own share of surprise squalls recently. As we now sit on the cusp of spring, it seems an appropriate opportunity to offer my own outlook on states’ pursuit of energy efficiency in 2013.
New Report Shows How Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes Can Save Consumers Billions
Temperatures are rising, humidity is increasing, and the ACEEE Behavior crew decided that July was the perfect time to conduct research across the deepest of the Deep South. Laissez le bon temps rouler is our battle cry as we fan out to talk with folks about their everyday energy usage. We are tackling a variety of topics in several sites across the South including: Alpharetta, GA; Oneonta, AL; Corinth, MS; and The Big Easy itself, New Orleans, LA.
Utilities across the Country Increasingly Turning to Energy Efficiency as the Lowest-Cost Energy Resource
Yes, U.S. Oil and Gas Production Is Increasing, but Energy Efficiency Is Still the Number One Resource
A variety of recent articles have trumpeted how U.S. oil and gas production is up. For example, Daniel Yergin, in a New York Times op ed, notes that U.S. oil production has increased 1.6 million barrels per day since 1998 and that a further 0.6 million barrel increase may be possible this year. He also notes how shale gas is now 37% of U.S.
“Not Your Father’s Energy Efficiency”: New “Intelligent Efficiency” Discoveries Focus on Interconnected Systems—Not Devices such as Cars or Refrigerators; Shift in Emphasis Could Slash 12-22 Percent of Current U.S. Energy Use.
ACEEE has collaborated with state and local stakeholders for decades, arming them with valuable, up-to-date resources on energy efficiency to facilitate effective program and policy development and deployment.
Recently I spoke at the 2012 E Source Utility Customer Experience Conference in Charlotte, where I was invited to talk about user-centered design and the role of ethnography in helping utilities design programs to more effectively reach their customers and change their energy use behaviors.
EIA Finds That Energy Efficiency Can Reduce the Cost of a Clean Energy Standard and Reduce Emissions
On November 30, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released an Analysis of Impacts of a Clean Energy Standard. The study was requested by Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Cost-Effective Policies Could Meet 17% of State Energy Needs, Cutting Energy Bills While Creating Local Jobs