WASHINGTON, D.C. — With oil prices spiking above the record $45 per barrel level this week, the public may forget the other energy challenges that are confronting the United States. A year ago, following the largest electric blackout in U.S. history that took place August 14, 2003, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) warned that the country's appetite for energy was exceeding the market's ability to provide stable supplies.
With federal leadership faltering, states are showing the way for energy efficiency policy. Congress seems unable to pass a comprehensive energy bill with robust efficiency policies. The Administration is eroding funding support for many core energy efficiency programs. Meanwhile:
Washington, D.C. — Two-thirds of the energy that feeds conventional power plants is wasted heat. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems can cut this energy waste in half by using both the electric power and the heat output. Several states, seeking to reduce power prices, improve the reliability of the power grid, and reduce air pollution, have developed policies to encourage CHP.
National Study Shows Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Can Provide Fast Relief From High Natural Gas Prices
Washington, D.C. — New investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation would lower natural gas prices rapidly and help retain manufacturing jobs, a national study prepared by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows. The study, Impacts of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on Natural Gas Markets, was commissioned by the Energy Foundation to determine whether increased use of efficiency and renewables would reduce demand for and prices of natural gas.
Washington, D.C. — As Congress begins conference discussions on the first major energy bill since 1992, the disturbing trend in higher natural gas prices and the latest power blackout call for bolder federal action to address these serious problems. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) urges Congress and the President to take stronger steps, in and beyond the energy bill now in conference, to use energy efficiency as a "first responder" in meeting these challenges.
For most of 2003, the hot national energy issue was the high prices and tight supplies for natural gas. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham held a Natural Gas Summit on June 26, and has since launched the Smart Energy Campaign to encourage consumer action on energy efficiency and conservation.
New National Study Shows Efficiency and Renewables Can Provide Immediate Relief From High Natural Gas Prices
Washington, D.C. — New investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation could begin lowering natural gas prices immediately and help retain manufacturing jobs, a study prepared by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released today shows. The Energy Foundation (EF) commissioned ACEEE to prepare the study, Impacts of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on Natural Gas Markets, to determine whether efficiency and renewables would produce significant price reductions and cost savings by reducing demand for natural gas.
Washington, D.C. -— The crucial point to understand about the Great Blackout of 2003 is that it is just a symptom of a much larger problem having to do with the inefficiency of our energy systems and the resulting massive over-consumption of energy in our country. With a mere 5% of the world's population, we consume over one-fourth of the global energy used each year. It is shocking how many of the current problems we face are linked to our excessive energy use. The Great Blackout was just the energy crisis of the week.
Washington, D.C. — Yesterday's blackout in the Northeast is a dramatic reminder that North Americans' consumption of electricity can readily outstrip our electric power infrastructure. While the cause of this outage is not yet certain, it is clear that hot summer temperatures led to high demand for air conditioning and severely taxed the region's electricity system. "This disaster highlights the need for energy efficiency, especially in air conditioning systems, to keep peak loads manageable and to keep the lights on for all of us," said Bill Prindle, Deputy Director of ACEEE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Overlooked in the debate regarding war in Iraq is what Americans can do at home to protect our energy security. As America goes to war, reducing Persian Gulf oil imports is central to protecting our energy security. Military action won't reduce oil imports: for that we need action on the home front. The least polluting and most cost-effective home action to cut imports is improving U.S. vehicle fuel economy.