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Energy Efficiency in 2012: Forecast Is Mostly Sunny

January 7, 2012 by Steve Nadel

Looking forward into 2012, I see more reasons for optimism than pessimism. Many states and utilities are committed to ramping up their energy efficiency programs this year and even more are considering similar steps. For example, Massachusetts electric utility programs are targeting 2.4% savings this year as part of a ramp-up rate...[read more]

Energy Efficiency in 2011: Progress on Many Fronts, Treading Water on Others

December 29, 2011 by Steve Nadel

With 2011 drawing to a close, now is a good time to take stock of energy efficiency accomplishments over the past year. On the plus side, many energy efficiency investments were made this year. While exact figures are not available yet, utility-sector spending on energy efficiency programs is likely to be more than $6 billion for the...[read more]

States Thwart Their Own Energy Efficiency Laws

October 24, 2011 by John Wilson

Just a brief update for those who are interested in why Florida is moving so slowly on energy efficiency. As recently noted by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, “regulators in Florida … took actions to render their energy savings target ineffective.” Similarly in response, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is protesting the regulatory decision to effectively eviscerate the energy efficiency goals set by the Florida Public Service Commission for Florida Power and Light and Progress Energy Florida.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Finance 101: Understanding the Marketplace

August 8, 2011 by Joel Freehling

The number of energy finance programs has increased dramatically in recent years. As the variety of programs expanded, so too has the diversity of financial institutions participating in local programs. Each of these different types of financiers has specific strengths, weaknesses, and areas of focus. Only by understanding these unique attributes can the best partner for each individual program be identified.[read more]

ACEEE 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard: Beyond the Rankings.

October 14, 2010 by Peter Troast

Yesterday the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy released its 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard (log-in required), a much anticipated report that ranks states based on their efforts to increase energy efficiency through policy--utility and public benefits programs, transportation policies, building energy codes,...[read more]

Which State Leads the Union in Energy Efficiency? 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Says California

October 13, 2010 by Nathanael Baker

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard shows the United States took major strides in energy efficiency this year, despite failing to pass new energy policy. Some advances in energy efficiency highlighted in the 2010 Scorecard include: nearly a two-fold increase of state budgets for...[read more]

ACEEE Calls for ‘Silver Buckshot’ (no bullet) for Real Market Transformation

March 22, 2010 by Mike Smith

Individual Innovations on a state and local scale will help bring about large scale energy efficiency   By Mike Smith and Elizabeth Bush    At the ACEEE Market Transformation Symposium this week, featured panelists discussed opportunities to gain more tangible results for energy efficiency.  Energy Efficiency...[read more]

10 of 11 States Wasting the Most Energy Are ‘Red States’

October 22, 2009 by Tim Hurst

ACEEE releases state energy efficiency rankings (Photo: © Narcisa/Dreamstime) West Virginia only state in bottom group to vote for Obama in 2008 Ten of the eleven states that have the longest way to go in terms of improving energy efficiency also lean Republican, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-...[read more]

Florida Utilities Drag State Efficiency Ranking Down

October 21, 2009 by John Wilson

This post is co-authored by Brandi Colander, NRDC, and John D. Wilson, SACE.Florida is the dim bulb in the otherwise efficiency-dark Southeast, and the 2009 Energy Efficiency Scorecard from ACEEE shows how badly its electric utilities are dragging Florida’s ranking down. Slipping from 19th to 23rd in the country in a much-improved study...[read more]

Waxman-Markey could save $3,900 per household and create 650,000 jobs by 2030

June 9, 2009 by Joseph Romm

The energy efficiency provisions in the House energy and climate bill (H.R. 2454) could save $750 per household by 2020 and $3,900 per household by 2030, according to an analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).   An ACEEE news release notes that not only will efficiency reduce the costs to...[read more]