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Policy Brief - July 2, 2014
Congress Should: Include distributed resources, such as CHP and locally generated solar and wind energy, as part of any plans for a national smart grid. Support regulatory models that allow both customers and utilities to benefit from the smart grid. Support research on the potential benefits of a...
Policy Brief - July 2, 2014
Congress Should: Encourage states to establish least-cost, integrated resource planning requirements. State Legislatures and Regulators Should: Establish least-cost, integrated resource planning requirements. Require utilities to acquire all cost-effective energy efficiency prior to investments...
Policy Brief - July 2, 2014
Congress should: Recommend and encourage decoupling and shareholder incentives as part of a strong federal energy efficiency resource standard (EERS). State legislators and regulators should: Create regulatory frameworks that align utility financial objectives with saving energy through customer...
Policy Brief - July 2, 2014
Congress Should: Refine depreciation periods to more accurately reflect the average service lives of equipment Reform existing energy efficiency tax incentives Promote capital investment in manufacturing Consider establishing a price on emissions if additional revenues are needed to reduce...
Policy Brief - July 2, 2014
Congress Should: Provide a stable investment environment for energy efficiency through sustainable funding and financing resources. Reauthorize and fully fund the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) that provides cities, counties, states, territories, tribes resources to develop...
Research Report U1405 - June 17, 2014
The urban heat island (UHI) effect is a global phenomenon in which dark, impermeable surfaces and concentrated human activity cause urban temperatures to be several degrees hotter than those in surrounding areas. Urban heat islands impose negative effects on local and global public health, air...
Fact Sheet - June 11, 2014
A broad range of engine and vehicle technologies are now available or under development to increase the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles beyond the technologies needed to meet the existing fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards, adopted in 2011. An analysis by ACEEE and four other...
Research Report U1404 - June 10, 2014
The energy utility industry is facing many challenges, with sales stagnating, use of distributed generation growing, infrastructure aging, and environmental regulations tightening. In the past utilities, could make money by serving growing loads and earning returns on the large capital investments...
White Paper - May 27, 2014
Tenant engagement programs encourage the people who live in a multifamily property to change their behavior in order to achieve a goal. These programs are an attractive option for owners or managers who want to improve energy efficiency. In this report, we assess the key features of existing...
Research Report A1402 - May 12, 2014
Commercial buildings consume 20% of the total energy used in the United States, a significant portion of which can be saved through comprehensive retrofits that take into account the interactive effect of the energy use of the various energy systems in the building. While many utility programs...

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