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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Universities push to slash energy use: Summer Study speaker describes how

By Wendy Koch, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

Across the United States, the push for net-zero energy buildings is gaining momentum. Because this trend holds great promise for deep energy savings, next month’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings will devote an entire panel — with 30 presentations — to the topic.

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ACEEE to Host Webinar on Financing Clean Energy Projects

Hear from some of the people you will meet at our dynamic, don’t-miss 2018 Energy Efficiency Finance Forum. On Tuesday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m., the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy will host a webinar to explore how states, cities, and localities can best finance energy efficiency projects and achieve clean energy goals. […]

ACEEE to Host Webinar on Incorporating Energy Efficiency-Driven Pollution Reductions into State Implementation Plans

Energy efficiency is a valuable resource that achieves low-cost, multipollutant reductions in states across the country. However, while state air regulators can rely on energy efficiency to meet specific pollutant reductions required under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), many states are missing out on this opportunity.

On […]

The Second Energy Efficiency Day is Fast Approaching. Here’s what you can do.

By Patrick Kiker, Communications Manager

Looking to get involved in the second annual Energy Efficiency Day on October 5th? Last year’s first-ever national event was a big success, and we welcome your help in expanding the reach of this year’s event. Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of regional and national organizations that […]

Utility programs can help low-income customers keep the lights on, but some do better than others

By Ariel Drehobl, Research Analyst, Local Policy As households ramp up air conditioners to stay cool this summer, many will find themselves with higher energy bills. Paying these bills will be easier for some than for others. Low-income households, who spend on average three times more of their income on energy bills than other […]