The recently released 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranked 34 of the largest U.S. cities on their efforts to save energy---but we don't think large cities should have all the fun. In order to help other cities see where they stack up, today ACEEE released the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool (Version 1.0 BETA). The tool allows people to score the energy efficiency policies in their own community and to compare them with other localities. For example, sustainability officers can use it to benchmark municipal energy efficiency efforts and help inform future policy decisions, while nonprofit organizations can...Read more
Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, NY, OR, CT, RI, VT, WA, MD, and IL
5 States Most Needing Improvement: ND, WY, SD, AK, MS
5 Most Improved States: MS, ME, KS, OH, and WVWASHINGTON, D.C., (November 6, 2013): Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states---including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia---taking major steps that moved them up the ranks in the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). For...
Local community program had a positive influence on candidates’ views of energy efficiencyOver the past couple of weeks Daily Camera reporter Erica Meltzer asked each of the 11 candidates running for five open seats on the City Council to take her on a short tour of Boulder that highlighted their personal and policy relationship to the community they seek to serve. During the tours, several candidates specifically mentioned their participation in Boulder’s EnergySmart Program and the positive influence that the program advisers had on their energy efficiency goals: Mary Young Young and her husband recently retrofitted her old north...
Laura Hutchings will be speaking in November at the 2013 Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference in Sacramento, California. The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference 2013 is the premier event focused on understanding behavior and decision-making with respect to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability. Annually, 700 participants come together to share new research, discuss innovative policy and program strategies, build networks, and find potential partners for collaboration.
Check-out the BECC Spotlight Sessions Below
GREEN BUTTON, WHITE HATS: THE ROLE OF BIG DATA IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND BEHAVIOR Michael Li, DOE; Indran Ratnathicam, Director, Marketing &...Read more
IMT News, October 2013: Energy efficiency advocates celebrated a major victory this month at the International Code Council's (ICC) Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearings, where building code officials from around the U.S. approved an updated code to reduce energy waste in new homes, while overcoming attempts to roll back the current code’s energy-saving measures. The approved update, known as RE-188, was one of the most significant code updates under consideration, and adds a new optional compliance pathway to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). It lets builders comply by using an energy rating index, such as the Home Energy...Read more