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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 […]

Energy Efficiency for Renters

Evan Lawrence

Homeowners have a high degree of control over their home’s energy efficiency. Whether the house is new or old, they can choose heating and ventilation systems, insulation strategies, water heaters, appliances, and lighting. If the site, structure, local zoning, and budget allow, solar panels or geothermal system are renewable energy options.

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ACEEE 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

States up efficiency investments and power savings; push net-zero buildings and electric vehicles; NJ, CT, CO, SD improve most; MA and CA lead

As the U.S. government loosens environmental rules, states are investing more in energy efficiency and delivering increased power savings, according to the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. This 12th annual report from […]

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 […]