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October 30, 2013
The recently released 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranked 34 of the largest U.S. cities on their efforts to save energy—but we don’t think large cities should have all the fun. In order to help other cities see where they stack...
June 24, 2013
Any day now the legal and technical advisors to the City Council of New Orleans are expected to make recommendations for the proposed integrated resource plan and 2014–2017 energy efficiency programs for the city. New Orleans has been an...
March 29, 2013
Last week I participated in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Water Conservation Showcase as part of a panel on tackling the energy-water nexus. Conference attendees overflowed the room, and after our panel presentation, my fellow panelists...
March 5, 2013
Whole-home energy retrofits are growing in popularity across the country, but what if you are one of the more than 20 million American households that live in an apartment or condo? What if you own or manage an apartment building? Multifamily...
February 15, 2013
Cross-posted from the blog of the U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter The President’s inauguration speech sparked renewed dialogue about the need for a comprehensive energy plan to address climate change. Recent...
October 4, 2012
On October 10, ACEEE’s Behavior and Human Dimensions of Energy Use Program will be releasing the first in a series of white papers on popular approaches for driving energy efficiency using social science methods and insights. This paper,...
September 6, 2012
The economic benefits of energy efficiency extend far beyond lowering energy bills for consumers. Efficiency also contributes to economic development and job creation. But who benefits most from these economic opportunities? At every step of the...
May 2, 2012
This post is the third of three on sustaining local energy efficiency efforts. The first post described trends in local implementation of energy efficiency. The second was about the challenges and successes of local energy planning...
May 1, 2012
ACEEE has collaborated with state and local stakeholders for decades, arming them with valuable, up-to-date resources on energy efficiency to facilitate effective program and policy development and deployment. Recently we developed our State and...
March 26, 2012
This post is the second of three on sustaining local energy efficiency efforts. The first post described trends in local implementation of energy efficiency. The next post will explore sustainable funding sources. While some local...