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DCSEU Achieves $100M in Energy Savings for Washington, DC

The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) has achieved $100 million in lifetime energy savings through an $18 million investment in energy efficiency and renewables, according to the Washington, DC organization's  2014 Annual Report. The DCSEU, featured here last year in EnergyEffificiencyMarkets.com,  helped DC conserve more than 60,000 MWh, … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Energy Efficiency…or Some Other Animal?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy does not consider microgrids when it ranks states each year on energy efficiency polices. Microgrids would benefit from being included. State leaders exhibit quite a bit of pride in a high ranking on the scorecard; it’s a good motivational tool to encourage effective energy efficiency policy … [Read more...]

Cap and Trade: The Secret Sauce for Top Energy Efficiency States?

The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states win top spots again and again for  energy efficiency. Massachusetts has been number one three years running in an annual scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. And five of its neighbors were in the top 10 last year. Is there a secret sauce? One thing they all have in common is that … [Read more...]

What We Heard You Say…This Week’s Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Interesting quotes about energy efficiency that we picked up this week. Best Insight Back to the future “Today’s building industry relies heavily on technology, but neglects age-old practices used for centuries to naturally heat and cool inner spaces. These practices paid attention to air flow and used temperature-moderating materials. Consider the … [Read more...]

ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard: Winners, Losers and What’s Next

Massachusetts for the third year won the Oscar of energy efficiency,  the top ranking in the annual scorecard  released Nov. 6 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. California was close behind, followed by New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Maryland, and Illinois. Started seven years ago by ACEEE, … [Read more...]

Stakeholder Councils: Model for Efficiency Excellence

Three states at the top of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's national scorecard – Massachusetts  (#1), Connecticut (#5), and Rhode Island (#6) – have in common an important policy model that has been one of the keys to their success in leveraging energy efficiency as a resource. Stakeholder councils make the efficiency … [Read more...]

Connecticut: Next Top Dog for Energy Efficiency?

Connecticut is back. Or at least it intends to be soon. The state that was once a leader in energy efficiency – but later lost its luster to neighboring Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont – has big plans for 2014. Dan Esty, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, recently outlined the strategy to … [Read more...]