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AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENT ECONOMY

Smart Energy. Clean Planet. Better Lives.

aka ACEEE   |   Washington, DC   |  www.aceee.org

Mission

Through research, education, and advocacy, ACEEE advances the efficient use of energy to rapidly and equitably spur economic well-being and combat climate change.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Mr Steven Nadel

Main address

529 14th Street, NW Ste 600

Washington, DC 20045 USA

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EIN

94-2711707

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The pace of climate change due to global energy use threatens our economy, our health and safety, and the ecosystems on which we depend. Energy efficiency is vital to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigating climate impacts. Energy efficiency can transform how all our products, services, and systems work together to improve our use of energy. ACEEE is committed to halving U.S. energy use and emissions by 2050 while bolstering economic growth and equity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Federal Policy

National policies to improve energy efficiency are critical to job creation and economic development, reducing oil imports, improving the reliability of the electric grid, lowering energy prices, and addressing climate change and air pollution. Federal legislation, as carried out by the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies, provides essential nationwide energy efficiency programs such as appliance and vehicle efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR® labels, tax incentives, technical assistance, and research and development of new technologies.

Population(s) Served

ACEEE works with state officials to develop and analyze the best energy efficiency policies and strategies for their region. This includes analysis of energy intensity trends and the cost savings, job creation potential, and the environmental benefits of pursuing greater energy efficiency at the regional, state, and local levels.
Energy efficiency must become the first fuel of our utility systems. Utility-sector energy efficiency programs save electricity and natural gas at less than half the cost of new energy supplies, and provide numerous benefits to all utility customers. The ACEEE Utilities Program helps utilities, regulators, state and federal leaders, and other organizations identify energy efficiency opportunities and design state-of-the-art policies and programs suitable for today's diverse utility industry.

Population(s) Served

The ability to design and operate efficient buildings is an essential element of our a clean energy future. ACEEE works to help national, state, and local governments develop, implement, and adopt whole-building solutions that significantly improve the energy efficiency of our existing buildings.

Population(s) Served

American homes use almost 25% of the energy consumed in the United States. About 80% of that energy is used in single-family homes, 15% in multi-family homes (such as apartments and condos), and 5% in mobile homes. Although residential energy use has steadily increased over the past 25 years, it has increased at a slower rate than the rate of population increase. However, many efficiency gains are being offset by increases in the number of electronics and appliances in the average home. There are still many large opportunities for improvement, especially in areas such as whole-home performance and systems.

Population(s) Served

With industry accounting for more than one-fourth of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, its decarbonization is essential for combating climate change. This will not only slash emissions but also reduce costs, boost U.S. competitiveness, and protect and grow the United States 20 million industry jobs.

Yet this decarbonization (cutting GHG emissions from industrial processes) is a major challenge. It will require a transformation in the goods we make and how we make them. Industry is complex and broad. It has highly integrated supply chains, generally small profit margins, and equipment that is expensive and infrequently changed.

ACEEE has a proven track record in the industrial space. For decades, it has worked to make industry more energy efficient. It helped deliver dramatic improvements in the energy and carbon intensity of manufacturing.

Population(s) Served

ACEEE's Transportation Program seeks to foster innovative technologies, policies, and programs to reduce transportation-related energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. We advocate a balanced and equitable set of measures to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and enhance overall transportation system efficiency including stronger Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, federal and state incentives for green vehicles, and policies to encourage multimodal passenger travel.

Electric vehicles (EVs) provide a good example of our work. To make EVs accessible to everyone, including low-income households and marginalized communities, the program launched a working group in 2019. The group helps equity-minded utilities better understand how to engage stakeholders, site EV charging stations, increase EV adoption, and measure success of such efforts.

Population(s) Served

Local policies related to energy efficiency implemented at the scale of a municipality, county or metropolitan region can improve community self-reliance, save consumers and citizens money, create local main street jobs, catalyze local economic investment, and protect the environment. ACEEE works to help local governments increase energy efficiency in their communities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of national media pieces on the topic

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals completing apprenticeship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes interns, fellows and scholarship recipients. These metrics are used to measure our progress with diversifying the energy efficiency industry.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Stakeholders are people who we work directly with and who come to our website to download reports and fact sheets that they use in their work.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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. Our specific goals are as follows: 1) Advance policies that reduce industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by a third by 2030 and decarbonize by 2030, 2) Push to increase fuel efficiency by 50%, increase share of electric vehicles in the new-vehicle market to at least 20%, and decrease vehicle miles 10% by 2030 and cut emissions 60% by 2050. 3) Push to double energy retrofits and make one quarter of new buildings carbon neutral by 2030 and cut energy use by half by 2050. And, comprehensively weatherize the homes of one-third of eligible low-income households. 4) Use energy efficiency and demand flexibility to support a cost-effective, clean power grid reaching 50% carbon-free electricity in most states by 2030. 5) Increase five-fold the investments in efficiency for buildings occupied by low-income households, reaching one-third of eligible households with a comprehensive weatherization program.

ACEEE has identified three strategic approaches to work towards our goals. 1) We will advance policies that drive greater public and private investment in energy efficiency; 2) We will develop and demonstrate new approaches that eliminate energy waste within and across multiple sectors of the economy; and 3) 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 work to ensure that energy efficiency benefits disadvantaged communities, supports low-income communities, and protects environmental health.

Since 1980, ACEEE 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 website.

In our 41 years, we have helped establish national energy efficiency standards for more than 50 products, assisting 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, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Act of 2020. 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. We will leverage our bipartisan relationships to find opportunities to make progress while rigorously defending successful policies and initiatives. In addition, we will work 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENT ECONOMY

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Penelope Mclean-Conner

Eversource Energy

Scott Bernstein

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Francis Murray

Past President, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Penelope McLean-Conner

Eversource Energy

Melanie Kenderdine

Energy Futures Initiative

Vicky Kuo

Con Edison

Danielle Sass Byrnett

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

Harriet Tregoning

New Urban Mobility Alliance

Mary Ann Piette

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Mark Johnson

Clemson University

Sharyn Barata

Opinion Dynamics

Katie McGinty

Johnson Controls

Susan Stratton

Stratton Gilmore Group

Mitchell Simpson

Arkansas Energy Office

Rosa Cassidy

Franklin Energy

Mark Chung

Virdigris

Benjie delaPena

Shared-Use Mobility Center

Monica Martinez

Ruben Strategy Group

Quinn Parker

ENCOLOR Consulting

Colette Pichon Battle

Taproot Earth

Lauren Westmoreland

Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/20/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.