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June 10, 2014
The electric and gas utility industries are facing substantial changes. For decades, rising sales have contributed to increasing revenues and profits, but the combination of improved energy efficiency with the growing use of solar electric systems...
May 14, 2014
Commercial buildings consume 20% of the total energy used in the United States---more than the energy consumed by all the nation’s cars, trains, and airplanes put together. A significant portion of this energy can be saved through efficiency...
December 19, 2013
Today ACEEE is releasing the Field Guide to Utility-Run Behavior Programs, the first comparative analysis of programs that focus on changing customer behavior to save energy.  Many utilities have undertaken behavior-based programs to help meet...
December 10, 2013
One of the foundations of ACEEE’s work is that energy efficiency has proven to be typically the cheapest, cleanest energy resource available. Most households, businesses and industries have existing opportunities for a variety of investments...
June 20, 2013
The Behavior and Human Dimensions staff at ACEEE have been conducting a form of ‘bird-watching’ by collecting sightings of utility-run behavior programs in the wild. We have been recording information about the variety of programs that...
June 12, 2013
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have experienced significant growth recently, with sales in the first five months of this year surpassing the total sales in 2012. Recognizing the importance of this technology to the U.S. light-duty vehicle fleet...
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...
February 6, 2013
Energy efficiency is good for the environment, electric reliability, and customers’ pocketbooks, and yet some utilities continue to balk. A new report on decoupling shows that utilities can collect revenues lost due to energy efficiency...
January 17, 2013
The impact that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has had on the energy picture in the U.S. has been profound. Natural gas prices have plummeted. Supplies have increased sharply. The long-term outlook for natural gas is a radical departure from...
November 20, 2012
As the nation begins to ponder tax reform next year, we have an opportunity to create a new corporate tax structure that encourages investments that benefit society, such as energy efficiency, as well as the businesses that make these investments...