Publications and Resources

Research Report - August 23, 2017

This updated version of the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool lets you score any community’s energy efficiency efforts using the metrics from ACEEE's 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The brief user guide shows you how to use the application to evaluate community-wide...

Research Report - July 25, 2017

National appliance standards cover products ranging from refrigerators to commercial air conditioners to electric motors. Most of today’s national standards started out at the state level. Even when state standards do not become national ones, adoption by just a few states can be enough to...

Research Report - July 19, 2017

Natural gas efficiency efforts generally receive less attention than programs to save electricity. To help rectify this imbalance, this report surveys natural gas efficiency trends and looks ahead at issues and opportunities. We begin by discussing past efficiency progress including the...

Research Report - June 13, 2017

This first edition of the Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard assesses the 51 largest US electric utilities across a range of energy efficiency metrics. The metrics fall into three categories critical to utility-sector efficiency: (1) quantitative savings and spending performance, (2)...

Research Report - June 06, 2017

Industrial customer opt-out is a policy that allows some large customers to opt out of or leave utility-sector energy efficiency programs. When a customer decides to opt out, it no longer participates in these programs and is exempt from paying the utility costs of running them. In this report,...

Research Report - May 08, 2017

The third biennial ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. We ranked 51 large US cities for their energy efficiency efforts across 5 policy areas: local...

Research Report - April 25, 2017

The adoption of intelligent efficiency applications is increasing across multiple sectors of the economy. This report analyzes over two dozen of these applications in the buildings, manufacturing, transportation, and government sectors. We describe the technologies involved, characterize their...

Research Report - March 28, 2017

Electricity markets in the southeast are facing many changes on the customer side of the meter. This report looks at how energy efficiency, photovoltaics (solar electricity), electric vehicles, heat pumps and demand response (shifting loads away from periods of high demand) might all affect...

Research Report - March 21, 2017

Residential electric rates are in a period of change as utilities in many regions of the country are experiencing flattening and declining sales. At the same time, technological advances are driving increased deployment of advanced metering, electric vehicles, and residential rooftop solar. All...

Research Report - February 27, 2017

Smart buildings use information and communication technologies to integrate building systems and to automate operations and control. They consume less energy than conventional buildings while enhancing occupants’ comfort and productivity. This report provides an in-depth look at various smart...

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