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Economic Recession & Recovery

February 12, 2013
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the resurgence of manufacturing in America. Whether you call it reshoring, backshoring, or insourcing, manufacturing companies have been bringing product manufacturing back to the U.S. from overseas,...
October 16, 2012
The impact of investments in energy efficiency extends well beyond reducing energy costs or addressing the environmental impacts of energy extraction and use. These investments provide jobs for American workers and help them to support their...
March 29, 2012
“Tax reform” is becoming one of the key catchphrases this election season. With support from both Democrats and Republicans, actual work on legislation is likely to take place in 2013. Key elements of reform are likely to include...
February 7, 2012
Today a new book by David Owen was released entitled The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse. This book expands upon an earlier article Owen wrote in The...
January 23, 2012
ACEEE is preparing a series of working papers on how energy efficiency issues might be addressed as part of tax reform. We call them working papers because we are soliciting feedback and comments on these drafts so that our analyses and proposals...
January 6, 2012
Looking forward into 2012, I see more reasons for optimism than pessimism. Many states and utilities are committed to ramping up their energy efficiency programs this year and even more are considering similar steps. For example, Massachusetts...
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...
January 6, 2011
2010 was a mixed year for energy efficiency with significant progress at the state level, but ultimately only modest success to show on the national level, particularly from Congress. As our 2010 ACEEE State Energy Policy Scorecard documented,...
January 3, 2011
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that its Chicago Business Barometer™ soared in December to its highest level since July 1988, representing the 15th consecutive month of expansion. Furthermore, Midwest production reached...
August 20, 2010
Congress and the news media continue to focus almost completely on the question of where we will find new sources of conventional but clean energy. Yet, the surprising insight is that the robustness of our economy squarely depends on more...