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ACEEE Report Finds Carbon Strategies Could include Significant Energy Efficiency

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently examined the impact of states adopting four common energy efficiency policies. The four strategies have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by 26% and electricity demand by 25% relative to 2012. In addition, the strategies could also increase national gross domestic product by $17.2 billion in 2030.

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  • New regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require states to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants
  • Demand side energy efficiency is one of the compliance options considered by the EPA
  • The four policies examined by ACEEE include (1) setting a state energy savings target of 1.5% per year, (2) implementing updated national model building codes, (3) constructing economically attractive combined heat and power facilities, and (4) adopting standards for five appliances
  • The five appliance standards examined include: double-ended quartz halogen lamps, residential lavatory faucets, commercial hot-food holding cabinets, portable electric spas, and bottle-type water dispensers


The ACEEE concludes energy efficiency can be an important solution for states complying with proposed carbon dioxide regulations. When compared to alternative options, energy efficiency provides low-cost pollution abatement and often enjoys broad political and stakeholder support. In addition, common energy efficiency measures have the potential to significantly reduce emissions and electricity demand.

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Paul Quinlan Clean Tech Manager

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