New studies are showing what we already know: energy efficiency keeps electricity affordable and reduces environmental compliance costs

Read the full post from ACEEE.

Multiple studies looking at spending and savings across programs, over time and in multiple states, all show the same thing: energy efficiency is highly cost effective. Put another way, it keeps electricity affordable by meeting demand and environmental regulations at a lower cost than if we generated new power, including from clean energy resources. To help break down this discussion to key points, we released two new fact sheets today, one showing that energy efficiency is consistently the lowest-cost option for meeting electric demand and the other showing that including energy efficiency can lower the cost of Clean Power Plan compliance.

How Much Does Energy Efficiency Cost?” includes results from studies by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ACEEE, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The fact sheet shows how these studies provide further evidence that energy efficiency costs less than other sources of energy, and also that the costs of energy efficiency have been level in recent years. “Energy Efficiency Lowers the Cost of Clean Power Plan Compliance” looks at the results of three studies, all finding that including energy efficiency as part of state compliance plans will lower costs to utility customers.  For example, a study by Synapse Resource Economics provides state-by-state information on most of the states.


Improving Compressed Air System Performance Sourcebook – Third Edition Now Available Online

The Third Edition of the Improving Compressed Air System Performance Sourcebook is now available on AMO’s publications webpage. AMO’s Compressed Air Sourcebook has been recently revised introducing industry to compressed air systems, performance opportunities and where they can find help on optimizing these important industrial systems. Over the years AMO has worked with the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) in its development. CAC brings together the combined talents of compressed air system auditors, trade associations, equipment manufacturers and distributors, utilities, and government agencies in a collaborative effort to improve the performance of industrial compressed air systems.

DE-FOA-0001453: Establishment of an Inter-tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department’s Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from “Alaska Native Regional Corporations” and “Inter-tribal Organizations” to provide technical assistance on a regional basis, to best meet the needs of their member Indian tribes, resulting in clear measurable outcomes or end-products that include a plan to become financially sufficient beyond DOE’s Office of Indian Energy funding and a methodology of equitably providing services across member Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages. See the Funding Opportunity Announcement for definitions and eligibility.

Informational Webinar

The DOE Office of Indian Energy will host an informational webinar for potential applicants on March 1, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 pm Eastern. In addition to describing the FOA, the presenter will describe who is eligible to apply, what the application needs to include, cost share and other requirements, how to ask questions, and how applications will be selected for funding.

Register for the Webinar:



Notice of Intent: Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in February, 2016 entitled “Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network”.

Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy will continue its efforts to maximize the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and together, with “inter-tribal organizations”, intends to provide tribal communities and Alaska Native villages the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement successful strategic energy solutions.

It is envisioned that “inter-tribal organizations” will structure their technical assistance to best meet the needs of their member Indian tribes and/or Alaska Native villages, resulting in clear measurable outcomes or end-products that include a plan to become financially sufficient beyond DOE’s Office of Indian Energy funding.

As part of these inter-tribal regional programs, it is envisioned that energy experts would:

  1. Coordinate energy solutions among participating Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations);
  2. Network with regional and national energy organizations;
  3. Deliver technical assistance to participating Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations) within the region;
  4. Build the human capacity of participating Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations) by providing information to Tribal leaders and staff through workshops or webinars;
  5. Serve as an information clearinghouse;
  6. Advise DOE’s Office of Indian Energy on the energy goals and needs within their region; and
  7. Enhance DOE’s technical assistance network across Indian Country.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. DOE plans to issue the FOA in or around the first calendar quarter in 2016.

The full notice of intent is available here.

Why economists and practitioners need to work together to improve energy efficiency programs

Read the full post from ACEEE.

In the past year, a growing number of papers from economists have questioned the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs and policies. We have reviewed many of these studies and blogged about several of them (see hereherehere and here). In general, we have found that some of these studies have useful lessons, but too often they miss the mark because they miss some key issues in the programs they are evaluating, or they seek to over-generalize their findings to programs very different from the ones they evaluated. But rather than continuing a tit-for-tat debate, I want to go past some of these details and look more broadly at how economists and energy efficiency practitioners can better avoid these past problems, better understand each other, and better work together.

Webinar: IT Energy Savings for Libraries: Identifying and Understanding Opportunities to Reduce Costs

December 17, 2015, 11:15-11:45 am
Register here.

Special guest: Mike Walker from EPA’s Energy Star program

Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Sustainability Roundtable (SustainRT).

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at