While most attention typically focuses on energy efficiency related to electric consumption, a report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy examines opportunities for natural gas efficiency. The report explores best practices for achieving energy savings in this sector.
This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program began a labeling initiative for commercial and industrial products such as like fans, pumps and air compressors. The Energy Star program helps consumers identify trusted high-efficiency products.
A report published jointly by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project indicates that U.S. states could save consumers $113 billion by adopting higher efficiency standards for various appliances.
The International Energy Agency published a report showing investments worldwide in energy efficiency products and services totaling $231 billion. This is an investment increase of 9% compared to 2015. The United States’ investment was $41 billion.
A report by the Energy Transition Lab of the University of Minnesota finds that deployment of a solar energy storage project by 2022 may be more cost-effective than building a new gas peaking plant.
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award $19.4 million to help support research and development of 22 technologies in the advanced vehicle industry. These include areas such as batteries, lightweight design, new engines and others.
A report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy shows that the financial burden on low-income households for energy bills is three times that of other households. In the major industry benchmark report, ACEEE explores best practices for more than 70 low-income energy efficiency programs and finds there remains huge potential to make this sector more efficient.
California lawmakers recently pulled SB 700, a bill that would have created a 10-year rebate incentive program worth $1.4 billion to encourage residential customers to invest in energy storage to support the state’s distributed generation systems. The bill is likely to be re-introduced in 2018.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission accepted a plan submitted by the state’s largest utility provider, Hawaiian Electric Co., which outlines how it plans to reach a goal of generating 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2040, five years ahead of the state mandate. This was the third plan submission by the utility company.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would result in a 3% cut to the Department of Energy’s budget and 17% cut in energy efficiency programs. The spending bill would preserve funding for fossil energy research, but focus on cuts for new energy efficiency and renewables technologies.