Publications and Resources

Research Report - February 16, 2012

This report presents the results of a comprehensive national survey of state approaches to the evaluation of utility energy efficiency programs.  A total of 44 states, plus the District of Columbia, were found to have formally authorized ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in place,...

Research Report - January 31, 2012

The U.S. is poised to make a major transition from dirty, outdated, and wasteful energy resources to a cleaner, more efficient energy system. Over the next decade, a suite of federal regulations required under the Clean Air Act will impose compliance obligations and set standards for multiple...

Research Report - January 26, 2012

This report outlines the opportunity and strategies for the multifamily housing sector to engage electric and natural gas utilities in order to expand resources available for energy efficiency retrofits and improve the use of these investments. Every state holds opportunities to improve the...

Research Report - January 18, 2012

A previous study, Emerging Hot Water Technologies and Practices for Energy Efficiency as of 2011, found that there are many underutilized technologies that could provide about 25-50% energy savings over federal minimum energy...

Research Report - January 11, 2012

The U.S. economy has tripled in size since 1970 and three-quarters of the new demand for energy comes from an amazing variety of advances in energy efficiency—not from other energy supplies. Going forward, the current economic recovery, and our future economic prosperity, will depend much more...

Research Report - January 10, 2012

This report focuses on energy behavior programs in the workplace, which aim to reduce building energy use through change in employees’ attitudes and behaviors. The report reviews five energy behavior projects across the U.S. and Canada. Energy savings of the studied energy behavior projects...

Research Report - January 05, 2012

Natural gas energy efficiency programs offered by utilities and related organizations have been in place in many states for 30 or more years. These programs provide incentives and services that assist customers in making improvements and investments in energy efficiency to reduce energy costs...

Research Report - December 16, 2011

Heavy-duty vehicle standards, adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011, represent an important step toward reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of the transportation sector. The standards cover vehicles and...

Research Report - December 08, 2011

High upfront costs continue to be a significant barrier to achieving potential monetary and energy savings from energy efficiency investments across the building sector.  Over the past several decades, a number of innovative energy efficiency financing program designs have emerged with the...

Research Report - December 02, 2011

This report analyzes the opportunity presented to the Cincinnati region by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, a local nonprofit organization committed to improving energy efficiency in existing buildings, through its grant work under the Department of Energy Better Buildings Neighborhood...

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