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July 9, 2014
On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made history with the release of the agency’s Clean Power Plan. For the first time, the United States has taken steps toward regulating the emission of greenhouse gases from their largest...
June 24, 2014
If you’ve gone for a jog or visited your neighborhood gym recently, you may have noticed new accessories popping up amid the sea of iPhones and earbuds. There’s a good chance that some of your fellow runners or gym goers have been using...
May 5, 2014
State and local governments are laboratories for innovation in energy efficiency policies and programs. Policymakers, regulators, and citizens at all levels increasingly recognize that energy efficiency is crucially important to their economies and...
May 5, 2014
The Senate has returned to the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill it dropped last fall, and has resumed fighting over amendments to it. In the midst of the battles over Keystone XL, EPA, LNG, and ACA (or, for the uninitiated: an oil pipeline,...
February 27, 2014
In the Winter Olympics that just concluded in Sochi we saw amazing examples of coordination and synchronization in event after event, from bobsled to ice hockey to pairs figure skating. Unfortunately, we seldom see this kind of cooperation on...
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 26, 2013
In his speech at Georgetown University today announcing his “Climate Action Plan,” President Obama said that appliance standards aren’t sexy, but can do a lot to help cut CO2 emissions. In the plan, he committed to a new...
February 26, 2013
Today I have the privilege of testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. My hope is that this is the beginning of a discussion that will lead to federal energy efficiency legislation later this year. Congress has a unique...
October 23, 2012
With the election approaching and the parameters of the race becoming clearer, I thought now is a good time to reflect on the implications of this election for energy efficiency. Following the election, control in Washington is likely to be...
September 26, 2012
Every year, we take a wide-ranging look at energy efficiency in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in our report, the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The State Scorecard benchmarks the states according to the policies and programs that...