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Intelligent Efficiency: New Ways to Travel and Save Energy

We’ve been hearing for years about smart energy appliances that ‘talk’ to the grid. Here’s one better.  How about cars that talk to each other to save energy? Known as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), it is one of the fascinating intelligent efficiency technologies described in a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Awards $18.4M for Microgrids and Other Energy Resiliency Projects

Massachusetts today awarded $18.4 million for microgrids and other energy resiliency projects to keep the lights on when the grid is down. The funds went to cities and towns, and  include several microgrids, combined heat and power (CHP) systems, battery storage and $500,000 for solar PV plus storage. “These grants will assist municipalities … [Read more...]

The Top Energy Efficiency Stories of 2014

The top energy efficiency stories of 2014 reveal an industry that’s not only growing, but also redefining itself to capture its full worth. This was a year of mega deals, utility soul searching, rising new tech, rising old tech, financing innovation, and policy invigoration.  Here are the top 10 most read stories on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com for … [Read more...]

When Homeowners Don't Couple Energy Efficiency and Solar

How can programs motivate homeowners to make their homes energy-efficient before installing solar panels? And how can incentives support a whole-house retrofit approach that will optimize energy savings and prevent solar systems from being oversized? California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Austin Energy have been grappling with this challenge for … [Read more...]

ACEEE: Commission Staff Proposal Would Encroach on Arizonans' Freedom to Choose How They Use Energy

This post originally appeared on ACEEE’s blog. By  Annie Gilleo, ACEEEVoters made many decisions on Election Day. Governors were chosen and new laws were adopted. But one choice Arizona voters didn't get to make may raise utility costs for families and businesses in the state. On November 4th, while Arizona voters were focused on exit polls and … [Read more...]

How Should We Define Microgrids? As 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 and … [Read more...]

AC Efficiency Standards Would Top All Others for Savings

Air conditioner standards proposed this week would achieve the greatest national energy savings of any Department of Energy standard yet, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The federal standards would reduce commercial rooftop air conditioner energy use by about 30 percent, ACEEE said. "DOE's new standards are a … [Read more...]

Efficiency Standards: The Cost-Effective Way to Save Energy

Efficiency standards are the most cost-effective way to save money, says Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. While AHRI says the government is moving too quickly to implement standards, deLaski says, if anything, the process is too slow and explains how it works. … [Read more...]

No Place to Hide: Top and Bottom in Utility Energy Efficiency Ranking

If you’re a country, state, city or utility that’s wasting energy, there is no hiding it any longer. Energy efficiency advocates are increasingly slicing and dicing performance of these entities and producing rankings. The scorecards make public how well one does against the other, which serves as a powerful motivator to do better. What governor … [Read more...]

International Energy Efficiency Ranking Shows How the US Shortchanges its Economy

A new international energy efficiency ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy places the United States at a lowly 13 out of 16 leading world economies. There are many reasons to bemoan the finding. The US is throwing away a lot of economic opportunity. Energy is a basic economic input. Using more, where less suffices, is … [Read more...]