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Press Release | February 4, 2009

Michigan's Governor Announces Sweeping New Clean Energy Proposal

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) would like to commend Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm for the bold "clean energy" proposal she announced yesterday at her State-of-the-State address in Lansing (see http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/SOS2009_265915_7.pdf).  

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Press Release | January 15, 2009

Bush Fumbles Hand-Off to Obama on Energy Efficiency Standard

Washington, D.C. — Lighting efficiency standards proposed in the Bush administration’s final days leave huge energy and dollar savings, as well as huge pollution reductions, on the table, according to a coalition of energy efficiency organizations. The proposed new efficiency standards would cover the ubiquitous fluorescent tube lamps found in nearly every office and the equally common cone-shaped reflector lamps found in homes and businesses.

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Press Release | August 7, 2008

Energy-Saving Measures Still Awaiting State Approval

Washington, D.C. — Energy conservation and efficiency programs that could save the state’s consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs are awaiting approval by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). A group of 30 business, consumer, and environmental organizations is urging the PSC to act.

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Press Release | April 9, 2008

Maryland Legislation Taps Energy Efficiency As the "First Fuel"

Washington, D.C. — Maryland's legislators gave final approval this week to two landmark energy bills that together aim to reduce the state's energy consumption by 15% by 2015.  The legislation, proposed by Governor Martin O'Malley, sets the stage for Maryland to become a leader in capturing the benefits of energy efficiency. 

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Press Release | December 5, 2007

Renewable Electricity Standard Good News for Economy Energy Consumers and Carbon Dioxide Reduction

Washington, D.C. — A new comprehensive analysis of the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) in the pending House and Senate energy legislation shows that, if adopted, the RES would cut consumer energy bills and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as well as stimulate job growth.

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Press Release | November 1, 2007

House Renewables Provision Reduces Electricity Costs

Washington, D.C. — An ACEEE analysis released today of the House Energy Bill (H. R. 3221) Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) provision shows that the RES reduces electricity rates, avoids the need for conventional powerplant construction, and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Part of these benefits stem from the RES allowance for energy efficiency to qualify for up to 27% of resource requirements. The analysis also looked at more aggressive renewable and efficiency RES targets, and examined RES policies against a climate policy framework.

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Press Release | October 12, 2007

U.S. Energy Department Sets New Energy Savings Standards

Washington, D.C. — The electric industry along with efficiency and environmental groups said new electric distribution transformer standards finalized by the Department of Energy today improve upon an initial proposal issued last year, but fall short of the strong levels the groups had jointly endorsed with one of the biggest transformer manufacturers.

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Press Release | September 20, 2007

ACEEE Recommends Efficiency Policies for Maryland's Electricity Future

Washington, D.C. — A report on energy efficiency policies in Maryland’s electricity future was released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Faced with record electricity rates, looming power shortages, and the risks of global warming, Maryland’s leadership is grappling with energy policy choices that will affect pocketbooks, quality of life, and the environment far into this century. ACEEE’s report recommends four key efficiency policies that can help make Marylanders’ future electricity service reliable, affordable, and clean.

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Press Release | July 17, 2007

Transformer Manufacturer Announces Support for Efficiency Standard Boosting Proposal Being Considered by the U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, D.C. — A consortium of electric utilities and environmental and energy efficiency organizations is hailing the announcement last week by transformer manufacturer ABB to endorse new efficiency standards proposed by the consortium for the nation's approximately 41 million electric distribution transformers.

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Press Release | March 27, 2007

Industry-Advocate Agreement Means Major Motor Electricity Savings

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) have agreed to a new set of proposed energy efficiency standards for industrial electric motors. Because motors use more electricity than any other end-use technology, it is estimated that the new standards will achieve major electricity savings.

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