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What will Massachusetts’ new efficiency targets mean for future policy?

By Maggie Molina, Senior Director for Policy

Massachusetts’ new three-year energy efficiency plan includes aggressive energy-savings targets for utilities. The plan, approved Tuesday by the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and filed for approval with utility regulators, is estimated to cut greenhouse gas emissions and achieve $8.6 billion in customer benefits.

Massachusetts is one […]

Zero energy buildings on the rise but barriers remain

By Christopher Perry, Senior Analyst, Buildings Program

Zero energy building codes are making inroads in Oregon, California, British Columbia, and other places, but a new ACEEE white paper reveals that they still face barriers to nationwide success, including a “solar-only” mentality.

From coast to coast, there’s considerable momentum for zero energy buildings, or ZEBs, […]

La Cíté Écologíque

Garden at La Cíté Écologíque, an intentional community in Colebrook, New Hampshire.

George Harvey

Whether we know it or not, nearly all of us are familiar with the idea of intentional communities. The colonies that became the United States were started with them. The first settlers in Plymouth and Jamestown set up […]

How Much Land Do We Need for Solar?

According to a study from MIT, The Future of Solar Energy, the United States is expected to be able to power its demand for electricity in 2050 from 33,000 square kilometers of land (http://bit.ly/MIT-solar-future). That may seem like a lot of land, but it should be considered in comparison with other areas. We have […]

The International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency 2018 Report

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

RE: the release of the Energy Efficiency 2018 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The report underscores efficiency’s critical role in meeting greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement and highlights the disappointing news that efficiency investments have slightly decreased in the United States […]

Virginia’s new energy plan holds promise: Here are seven steps for success

By Mary Shoemaker, State Policy Analyst

Governor Ralph Northam’s new 2018 Virginia Energy Plan (VEP), released earlier this month, rounds out a busy year for clean energy policy in Virginia. It contains policy and program recommendations that will, if thoroughly implemented, deepen energy savings and expand clean energy in the Commonwealth. It proposes that the […]

How Can Smart Home Technology Revolutionize The Industry?

by Kara Saul-Rinaldi, Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy, Home Performance Coalition

Phone: (202) 276-1773, Ksaul-rinaldi@homeperformance.org Oct 4, 2018 Today, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) calls on policymakers, industry leaders, energy program managers and contractors to redefine home energy performance to include smart technology, smart homes. In “Redefining Home Performance in the 21st Century, […]

Today is the 3rd Annual Energy Efficiency Day

Join ACEEE and 320-plus groups today to celebrate Energy Efficiency Day

Statement of Steve Nadel, executive director of ACEEE

Today is the third annual Energy Efficiency Day, an opportunity to share with others the transformative benefits of saving energy. Energy efficiency is the heart of a clean energy future. It saves Americans billions of dollars […]

Stormy weather ahead: Federal agencies begin to roll back efficiency policy

 

By Lowell Ungar, Senior Policy Advisor

More than 600 days into the Trump administration, amid constant reports of regulatory rollbacks, there’s been surprisingly little damage to energy efficiency…yet. But now the administrative winds are starting to blow, rulemakings are under way—with a couple open comment periods—and we are working hard to hold onto […]

The Littleton Food Co-op: Energy Efficiency in Action

105 solar panels located on the roof of the store and open bins help to reduce the amount of electrical energy the store must obtain from the grid. Photos courtesy Bob O’Connor.

By Bob O’Connor

Saving energy is not only good for the planet but also good business. Since its recent 11,500 […]