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Through research and outreach, ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We are working for a future in which energy efficiency helps the United States achieve economic prosperity, energy security, and a healthy environment.

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Mr Steven Nadel

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529 14th Street, NW Ste 600

Washington, DC 20045 USA


energy efficiency, energy policy,economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection





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Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

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ACEEE's overarching goal is to foster a robust and resilient US economy by using energy efficiency to reduce energy costs, support environmental health, and protect disadvantaged communities. Meeting half of our energy needs in 2050 through investments in energy efficiency would save about 63 Quads, reducing consumption 35% below 2015 levels. Stated another way, these energy savings would approximately triple US energy productivity over the 2015–2050 period. Our interim goal is to double US energy productivity by 2030. ACEEE research shows that our goals of reducing US energy consumption (and similar CO2 reductions) and tripling current energy productivity are aggressive but feasible. To reach our efficiency potential, we will need to integrate new efficiency technologies and policies far more deeply and broadly into our economy.

ACEEE has identified three strategic approaches to work towards our goals. We will advance policies that drive greater public and private investment in energy efficiency; we will develop and demonstrate new approaches that eliminate energy waste within and across multiple sectors of the economy; and we will increase support for energy efficiency among key stakeholders. ACEEE will implement these strategies at all levels of government, and with the private sector. Within all of these efforts, we will work to ensure that energy efficiency benefits disadvantaged communities, supports low-income communities, and protects environmental health.

Since 1980, ACEEE has accomplished a great deal and has become known as America's leading center of expertise on energy efficiency. Our reputation is based on the high quality, credibility, and relevance of our work, as well as our bipartisan approach. ACEEE's thorough and peer-reviewed technical work is widely relied on by policymakers, business and industry decision-makers, consumers, media, and other energy professionals.

ACEEE carries out its mission by: conducting in-depth technical and policy analyses; advising policymakers and program managers; working collaboratively with businesses, government officials, public interest groups, and other organizations; convening conferences and workshops; assisting and encouraging media to cover energy efficiency policy and technology issues; and educating consumers and businesses through our reports, books, conference proceedings, press activities, and websites.

ACEEE maintains a commitment to tracking a variety of internal and external metrics. As a data-driven organization, we assess our progress by measuring our quantifiable impacts in the public sector, among businesses, and in communities. For example, ACEEE tracks energy savings from efficiency standards and codes; the impact of of our direct, technical assistance activities; citations and downloads of our publications; and our engagement with elected and appointed officials.

In our 37 years, we have accomplished a great deal, including helping to establish national energy efficiency standards for more than 50 products, assisting scores of states and utilities to develop and improve their efficiency programs, and advancing combined heat and power systems that cut energy waste in electricity generation by as much as half. ACEEE has issued more than 300 publications and worked on policy issues resulting in legislation signed by Presidents Reagan, Bush (I), Bush (II), and Obama. We played a major role in developing the energy efficiency sections of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. These steps, combined with the contributions from our many allies, have helped to slow the growth in US energy demand since the 1970s. In our 2015 review of efficiency accomplishments over the past 35 years, we estimate that efficiency improvements in the United States saved $2,500 per capita in 2014.

Looking ahead, ACEEE seeks to maximize energy efficiency in most end use sectors. With the current administration and Congress, we face a challenging federal landscape, but we will leverage our bipartisan relationships to find opportunities to make forward progress while rigorously defending successful policies and initiatives. In addition, we anticipate expanding our activities at the state, local, and utility levels, and are looking for new opportunities to work with the private sector to help transform markets. We are also committed to expanding our reach into underserved markets, including low-income communities and rural areas.

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