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U.S. House’s Repeal of Energy-Saving Investments Would Raise Household Costs

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released the following statement from Steven Nadel, its executive director, in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing HR 1, which would repeal key energy efficiency and electrification investments from the Inflation Reduction Act:

“This bill would leave many Americans continuing to live in homes with […]

Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity & Department of Energy Webinar Series


Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity (R2E2) is hosting a series of training webinars for potential applicants to the Department of Energy’s Building Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP). The prize is awarding over $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams with winning ideas to accelerate equitable energy efficiency and building electrification […]

Home Heating Prices Are Rising, but States & Utilities Can Lower Costs with Energy Upgrades

By Mark Rodeffer, ACEEE Press Secretary

Many U.S. households will pay significantly more for home heating costs—sometimes hundreds of dollars more—this winter. The burden falls disproportionately to low-income and Black, Hispanic, and Native American households, which pay a much larger share of their income on energy bills. Amid the rising costs, policymakers, regulators, […]

U.S. Cities Aren’t Adequately Enabling Alternatives to Driving. These Policies Could Help

By Ben Jennings, Research Assistant, Transportation Program

This blog post is the second in a series taking a closer look at the findings of the 2021 City Clean Energy Scorecard. An earlier post looked at cities’ progress on energy equity.

Few cities have adequately enabled the use of efficient, low-carbon modes of transportation, according […]

2022 Climate-Forward Efficiency Symposium – Day 1 – February 24, 2022

Date and time: Thursday, February 24, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

As states and utilities set ambitious decarbonization goals, the case for leveraging demand-side measures to reduce emissions is stronger than ever. The ways in which utility energy efficiency programs are designed, operated, and evaluated must evolve to ensure they are on […]

Congress Can Slash Emissions by Supporting New Low-Carbon Industrial Technologies

By Steven Nadel, Executive Director

As Congress prepares its budget reconciliation package, one of the most effective ways it can reduce the large greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the industrial sector is by supporting commercialization of transformative industrial technologies.

The federal government has funded research, development, and demonstration projects for some of the critical […]

Biden’s Efficiency Proposal for Manufactured Homes Must be Strengthened


A Biden administration proposal to set long-overdue efficiency standards for manufactured homes would yield some significant energy and carbon savings, but it risks allowing manufacturers to continue producing many inefficient models, leaving residents—including many low-income households—with high energy costs.

Energy efficiency requirements for manufactured homes (sometimes called mobile homes) have not been updated […]

How to Fund Efficiency in Affordable Housing? Finance Forum Speakers Offer Insights

By Wendy Koch, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many low- to moderate-income households have struggled to pay their energy bills, as millions have lost critical income and many face higher utility bills because of increased time spent at home. Their homes, in particular, would benefit from energy-saving upgrades to reduce […]

Biden’s Plan Needs These Bold Measures to Better Tackle the Climate Crisis


Biden’s Plan Needs These Bold Measures to Better Tackle the Climate Crisis

By Steven Nadel, Executive Director

As we recently noted, President Joe Biden’s proposed jobs and infrastructure plan includes unprecedented investments to address climate change, in part through energy efficiency. So far, the proposal is high level, with […]

Massachusetts Steps Up Energy-Saving Policies in Major Climate Law

Sets Appliance Efficiency Standards and Sets Path for Strong Building Codes

In a far-reaching climate bill scheduled to be signed today, Massachusetts commits to halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, while embracing new energy-saving policies to help achieve the targets. The law sets efficiency standards for 17 residential […]