The report, which examines the impacts of energy efficiency investments, policies, and innovation across a variety of sectors, including residential and commercial buildings, industry, and transportation, found that investments in energy efficient measures have prevented a 60 pct increase in energy consumption and carbon emissions. The report identifies fuel economy standards, appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR, utility sector efficiency programs, federal research and development, and building energy codes as the policies and programs saved an estimated 25 quadrillion BTUs -- roughly 23 pct of the total U.S. energy consumption in of energy in 2017. The report identifies the growth in smarter technologies and more responsive energy management as major new energy savings opportunities and notes that technologies alone could deliver more than 40 pct of global carbon reductions necessary to meet Paris Agreement climate targets.
The report uses 54 indicators to quantify energy efficiency impacts. Further, it examines progress in a variety of sectors, including utilities, buildings, industry, and transportation. (Source: ACEEE, Alliance to Save Energy, Dec., 2019)Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org; Alliance to Save Energy, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org
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The scorecard ranks states on 33 metrics in six policy areas including utilities, transportation, building policies, state government-led initiatives, and appliance standards. (Source: ACEEE, Laramie Live, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org
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Massachusetts placed first for the ninth year in a row on the strength of its 2008 Green Communities Act and Global Warming Solutions Act calling for increased energy efficiency and an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions statewide by 2050. The state also adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code.
The ACEEE report reviews states' efficiency initiatives and policies on utilities, transportation, building codes, appliances, and combined heat and power. (Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Nov., 2019)
Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org
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California was ranked second among energy efficient states, followed by Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Connecticut and Maryland in the top seven. Minnesota came in eighth, followed by Oregon and Washington to round out ACEEE's top 10. Wyoming, North Dakota, Louisiana and West Virginia are at the bottom of the list.
The report offers a road map for dramatically reducing energy waste and identifies ambitious but cost-effective and technically possible measures that would avert emissions of nearly 2,500 million metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to all emissions from cars, trucks, homes, and commercial buildings in 2050.
The ACEEE report identifies 11 opportunities and related policies to achieve the necessary savings. Transportation, which will see a transition to electric vehicles, would deliver nearly half (46 pct) of the emissions reductions while buildings would deliver a third and industry a fifth. For energy savings, buildings would deliver 40 pct of the total, followed by transportation at 32 pct and industry 27 pct. The report also notes that government policies and programs alone would deliver about $700 billion a year in energy savings by 2050.
The report calls for scaling up energy efficiency measures, including:
The Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050 report is available HERE. (Source: ACEEE, Facility Exec., Sept., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org
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State-mandated utility energy efficiency programs in the Sunshine State were virtually eliminated several year ago. Consequently, Florida has some of the weakest energy-efficiency standards in the country, according to
the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
(Source: Florida Public Service Commission, Herald-Tribune, Meg Lowman, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: Florida Public Service Commission, (800) 342-3552, www.psc.state.fl.us: ACEEE, www.aceee.org
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Cities account for two-thirds of the world's energy demand and 70 pct of energy-related emissions, the report said, citing International Energy Agency data.
According to the not-for-profit ACEEE,
"City resources are always tight. The lack of data could also be due to emission-cutting goals having only recently been adopted, or to insufficient political will."
(Source: ACEEE, VOA. July, 2019)
Contact: ACEEE, David Ribeiro, Report Lead Author, Research Manager, www.aceee.org
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Boston city officials credit its Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) requiring all large and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy usage and complete an energy savings action or energy assessment every five years.
San Francisco came in second in the ratings followed by Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. in that order.
(Source: ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard, Up to Boston, 27 July, 2019) Contact: City Clean Energy Scorecard, www.aceee.org/local-policy/city-scorecard; ACEEE, www.aceee.org
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The coalition, led by the Alliance to Save Energy, includes leading manufacturers of windows, air conditioners, insulation and other components alongside environmental and efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The proposed tax incentives call for broadly supported improvements to the expired 45L tax incentive for high-efficiency new home construction and the 25C tax incentive for homeowner efficiency improvements -- installing insulation, replacing windows, or purchasing high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The improvements include strengthening the efficiency level that must be met to receive the incentives, while also increasing the dollar value of the incentives.
The coalition also called for extending the 179D incentive for efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, May, 2019)
Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org
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Redpative offers energy efficiency as a service, covering all the upfront costs. The company designs the project, pays for the equipment and construction, maintains the equipment and monitors the building's systems to verify the energy savings which, according to the ACEEE can save up to 25 pct in energy costs.
The company presently manages over 1,300 sites, covering more than 100 million square-feet of commercial and industrial facilities in 44 states, according to the company.
(Source: Redaptive, Denver Post, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Redaptive, (415) 413-0445, www.redaptive.com
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Specifically, the ACEEE noted that the state should set stronger energy savings goals for their utilities. By setting energy savings at a mere 1 pct per year, they said that alone could give the state more than 100,000 jobs. (Source: ACEEE, Energy Insider, Mar., 2019)
Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
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The New Leaders of the Pack: ACEEE's Fourth National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs profiles model programs that deliver energy savings that not only help customers save money, they also benefit the environment by reducing carbon emissions and other pollutants. Moreover, since these programs save energy at lower costs than other forms of new supply, the whole economy benefits," according to ACEEE's Martin Kushler.
The 53 recipients include both electric and natural gas utilities, and span a wide range of program types and technologies. Programs range from low-income residential to strategic energy management for large businesses, and from high efficiency lighting to complete building retrofits.
Download the full listing of programs HERE.
(Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy , PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Seth Nowak, Report Lead Author and Project Manager, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
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The ACEEE notes the following ways that governors can increase energy efficiency across their state economies: develop and communicate an energy efficiency vision; drive energy efficiency in the utility sector; strengthen efficiency in the industrial sector; encourage energy-efficient transportation; scale up energy efficiency in buildings; Lead with efficient state operations; reach under served markets through state energy office programs; and move toward more efficient appliances.
(Download the report HERE. Source: ACEEE, Jan., 2019)
Contact: ACEEE, Annie Gilleo, ACEEE,
Senior Manager, (202) 507-4002, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aceee.org
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The $70 million program, which was launched in June, will help 20 winning cities accelerate their ambitious climate efforts by providing significant resources, including technical assistance and staff capacity, to help them reduce carbon emissions by saving energy and using clean energy sources. The selected cities will target energy savings in the buildings and transportation sectors, the sectors most responsible for energy use and carbon emissions.
ACEEE will partner with the Climate Challenge by expanding the program's
independent City Clean Energy Scorecard (fka City Energy Efficiency Scorecard) for assessing local energy efficiency policies and programs. The 2019 City Scorecard will expand from scoring 51 of the largest US cities to 75, with the goal of assessing 100 in future editions.
The Climate Challenge cities will serve as models for building public-private and community-based energy efficiency strategies, which can save money, create jobs, clean the air, and protect health.(Source: ACEEE, Blog Post, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org; Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge
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New Jersey's climb from 23rd to 18th place for overall energy efficiency was based largely on Gov. Phil Murphy's commitment to pursue a goal of 21 pct renewable energy by 2020, 35 pct by 2025, 50 pct by 2030 and 100 pct renewable energy by the year 2050.
(Source: ACEEE, 8 Oct., 2018)Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
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Massachusetts came in first for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. R.I. and Mass. were also touted as the top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations, www.nationalgridus.com; ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
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The ACEEE report looked at six categories to determine how well states were doing, including the types of policies and public benefit programs in place to encourage efficiency among utilities and everyday electricity users. It also looked at transportation policies, building codes and efficiency standards for household appliances.
Louisiana scored only half a point out of a total of 20 points in the utility and public programs and policies category, but did slightly better when it came to energy efficiency policies for buildings, earning two out of eight possible points -- considerably lower than much of the nation. (Source: NOLA, The Times-Picayune, Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
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Massachusetts ranked number one for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. Additionally, in their most recent rankings, ACEEE named R.I. and Mass. as top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
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The report found that the Voluntary Agreement has reduced national set-top box annual energy consumption by 34 pct since 2012. Year-over-year energy savings increased by nearly 50 pct from 2016 to 2017 as the companies successfully completed their commitment to meet an even more rigorous set of energy-efficiency levels that became applicable in 2017 under the terms of the agreement developed with the energy efficiency advocates and endorsed by the Department of Energy in 2013.
Signatories of the Voluntary Agreement include all of the major multichannel video service providers representing more than 93 pct of the US multichannel video market -- AT&T/DIRECTV, COMCAST and others -- major manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Consumer Technology Association.
(Source: D+R International, Rapid TV News, 12 Aug., 2018} Contact: D+R International, (301) 588-9387, www.drintl.com
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The state is in the midst of its 2016-2018 Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan, which establishes strong objectives for energy savings. Goals of 2.94 pct and 1.24 pct energy demand reductions in electricity and gas sales, respectively, are expected to save the state almost $8 billion in energy costs.
Holding the top spots in the 2017 scorecard are Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Oregon in that order. The most-improved states are Idaho, Florida, and Virginia. The Scorecard shows that energy efficiency is a key resource in these states and others, with utilities spending approximately $7.6 billion in 2016 for efficiency programs nationwide and saving 25.4 million MWh of electricity.
The ACEEE report examined energy efficiency programs undertaken in the utility's service territory under the oversight of state regulatory authorities, but excluded a company's individual programs.
The ACEEE rated Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts at the other end of the spectrum. Both utilities saved their customers more than 3 pct of their total retail sales, while PSE&G and JCP&L save customers 0.52 pct and 0.47 pct of retail sales.
The high-ranking Massachusetts utilities have the most diverse energy-efficiency programs and technologies such as smart thermostats. The top-ranked utilities also invested a higher percentage of their total revenue in energy efficiency programs, according to the report.
(Source: ACEEE, NJSpotlight, 19 June, 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org; Jersey Central Power & Light, www.firstenergycorp.com; Public Service Electric & Gas, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000, www.pseg.com
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According to ACEEE, energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways for utilities to save energy and ensure electric service to their customers -- every $1 invested in energy efficiency saves Connecticut residents and businesses $3.89, according to the Acadia Center. Every year energy efficiency programs generate hundreds of millions of dollars in lifetime utility bill savings. Programs delivered by utilities in 2016 alone will ultimately save customers more than $960 million.
(Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) , 6 June, 2017)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org; ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
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Despite falling in the ACEEE rankings, Atlanta is working toward energy efficiency and, as recently announced, aims to have the city run on 100 pct clean energy by 2035, and has
set municipal energy efficiency and GHG reduction targets through 2040. Atlanta's Climate Action Plan, which contains goals to reduce community-wide greenhouse emissions and energy consumption benchmarking in residential and commercial buildings.
(Source: ACEEE, Atlanta Agent, 1 June, 2017)Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
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According to the ACEEE report, Boston remains the top US city for energy efficiency, receiving 84.5 out of a possible 100 points. Following Boston, the top 10 US cities for energy efficiency are New York City , Seattle , Los Angeles and Portland tied for 4th place, Austin , Chicago , Washington, DC, Denver and San Francisco. The five cities most in need of improvement on energy efficiency are Hartford , Memphis , Detroit , Oklahoma City and Birmingham.