In 2021, ACEEE developed new proposals, analyzed impacts, and worked with committees and members in both the House and the Senate to include major investments in energy efficiency in federal legislation.
ACEEE helped enact policies on low-income weatherization, smart manufacturing, worker training and small business assistance, charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and improved freight efficiency in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The pending Build Back Better Act also features major ACEEE priorities, from decarbonization of manufacturing technologies to home energy retrofits and zero-energy buildings to tax credits for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles.
U.S. Representative Sarbanes (D-MD) cited our research on energy burdens to call for clean energy investments to help consumers lower energy costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.
Nora Wang Esram, ACEEE's senior director for research, addressed a House panel on expanding the research and development of energy-efficient building technologies. Read her testimony.
The Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), based at ACEEE, helped push through state bills that set energy-saving standards for appliances recently in Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington.
Andrew deLaski, executive director of ASAP, recently testified before Congress in support of bills to add flexibility to the Weatherization Assistance Program and to clarify water heater standards while authorizing demand response requirements.
“ACEEE is needed more than ever on our carbon-challenged planet, so let’s do everything we can to make its next 40 years even more productive.”
—Dan Reicher, executive director of Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
“ACEEE has played an indispensable role in tracking [efficiency] progress, pointing to challenges and opportunities and keeping our eye on the prize: getting the biggest bang out of every dollar spent on energy.”
—Susan Tierney, senior advisor, Analysis Group
“For more than 10 years, ACEEE has been my go-to source for in-depth research, thought leadership, and industry connections for all things energy efficiency.”
—Pete Curtice, CEO, American Efficient
“For new energy approaches to thrive, it’s vital to have strong policy and technical analysis, credible research, and collaborative outreach. ACEEE provides that support and much more.”
—James J. Judge, chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Eversource Energy
“We're really, really proud of ACEEE for this increased emphasis on equity and how important it is.”
—Maribeth DeLorenzo, sustainability director of the District of Columbia
2021 Annual Report
Where We've Been
- Helped set new U.S. product efficiency standards, which will avoid three billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and save hundreds of billions of dollars.
- Led efforts to hike heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy standards, which will reduce average fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of new trucks and buses by 37% from 2010 levels.
- Led efforts to establish CAFE provisions (2007) and heavy-duty fuel economy standards, spurring an increase in the average new car’s fuel economy from 20.6 miles per gallon in 2007 to 24.9 mpg in 2017, to a projected 36.0 mpg in 2025.
- Led efforts to expand appliance standards to 23 additional products, including light bulbs, through 2005 and 2007 U.S. legislation.
- Helped launch the voluntary ENERGY STAR® program, which helps consumers find energy-efficient products and improves the efficiency of buildings and homes.
- Led efforts to include lamp, motor, and HVAC standards in the Energy Policy Act of 1992, which will achieve cumulative energy bill savings of $340 billion by 2035.
- Led efforts to develop and adopt U.S. energy efficiency appliance standards, which now save a typical household about $500 each year on utility bills.
- Played key role in defending and expanding the Department of Energy’s energy R&D programs.