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December 2011

December 28, 2011
With 2011 drawing to a close, now is a good time to take stock of energy efficiency accomplishments over the past year. On the plus side, many energy efficiency investments were made this year. While exact figures are not available yet, utility-...
December 16, 2011
EPA and NHTSA only finalized the first fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty vehicles in August but soon must begin thinking about the next round. Today ACEEE released a new report, Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fuel Efficiency...
December 16, 2011
It is unfortunate that some members of Congress have inserted a provision in the federal appropriations bill seeking to derail implementation of lighting efficiency standards enacted in 2007 and signed by then-President Bush. Contrary to...
December 15, 2011
As the resident behavior sage and noted Christmas expert, I have collected some energy-saving tips from the Santa’s helpers here at ACEEE on how to have a low impact, low stress, energy-efficient holiday season. Yes, Virginia, you can have...
December 14, 2011
In the world of energy efficiency, market segmentation and other methods of generalization are used to design programs and marketing. While every home is different, just as each person is different, energy efficiency programs often operate with...
December 12, 2011
ACEEE released its most recent version of the popular annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard in October. As in years past, the Scorecard has a category dedicated specifically to ranking states on their combined heat and power (CHP)...
December 7, 2011
On November 30, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released an Analysis of Impacts of a Clean Energy Standard. The study was requested by Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The analysis...
December 7, 2011
As the Panel Leaders for the 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings gather this week to select abstracts for eventual conference presentation, they will choose from more than 1,299 abstracts, a record number. This year...
December 6, 2011
President Obama took an important step forward last Friday by announcing nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years. This investment would help boost the economy and create...
December 1, 2011
Maryland has some of the most aggressive energy savings laws in the nation. The state’s commitment to energy efficiency offers a host of benefits to Maryland’s local economy, including consumer energy bill savings and job creation....