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November 2011

November 29, 2011
The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) at the Department of Energy (DOE) have a long history of producing energy and cost savings for small and mid-sized manufacturers (to say nothing of the enormous workforce development benefits). But now...
November 22, 2011
What energy efficiency policies make sense for your community? This question is not  always easy to answer. Energy efficiency can be a complex topic. It is made more difficult because there are few one-size-fits-all solutions for every...
November 17, 2011
Federal agencies have formally proposed standards that would raise average car and light truck fuel economy to nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the current average new auto fuel economy of about 28 miles per gallon. The National...
November 16, 2011
Long-time friend and colleague, and former ACEEE Board member (1995 – 2001), Meg Fels died suddenly on Saturday, November 12 in Princeton, New Jersey. Meg apparently had a heart attack while biking on the tow path near her home. She was...
November 14, 2011
With unemployment hovering at a stubborn 9%, it is no wonder that job creation has become a hot topic. It is nearly impossible to read the news without encountering an article describing how a policy or industry creates a given number of jobs....
November 9, 2011
Even as smart meters and smart phone apps proliferate, most households still get information about their energy use from a paper bill. Isn’t paper so…2000 years ago? Well, in some ways, yes. If you will allow a bit of hyperbole,...
November 7, 2011
The manufacturing sector continues to lead the recovery in the U.S., according to the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) October 2011 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. ISM’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) survey...
November 7, 2011
Energy efficiency can be difficult to conceptualize. There’s not a representative device like a solar panel or wind turbine. Rather, it’s a collection of technologies, strategies, and policies involving our houses, businesses,...
November 1, 2011
Lately a lot of attention is being paid to financing of clean energy technologies. The promise is that just around the corner we’ll be able to use these technologies to help rebuild the economy, create American jobs, improve international...