energy efficiency standards

DoE Sets First-Ever Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps

January 4, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

DoE Standards

The Department of Energy issued final energy efficiency standards for commercial and industrial clean-water pumps today, marking the start of a new era in energy savings for this equipment. The new rule will save more than $1 billion and avoid 17 million metric tons of carbon pollution over the next 30 years.[read more]

Efficiency Standards Quietly Lead to Billions of Energy Bill Savings for Consumers

December 24, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Efficiency and Savings

While most consumers and business owners probably don't think much about the importance of appliance energy efficiency standards, the work done this year to make sure our equipment doesn't waste energy (and increase utility bills) will generate financial and environmental benefits well into the future.[read more]

DoE Finalizes Biggest Efficiency Standard Ever

December 22, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Energy Standards and Regulation

The Department of Energy announced an agreement for new energy efficiency standards for commercial furnaces and rooftop air conditioners. The federal government called the standards the largest in U.S. history for the amount of energy that will be saved: nearly 15 quadrillion BTU over the next 30 years.[read more]

The Department of Energy's Final Act of 2014 Could Save Office Buildings and Schools $15 Billion

January 4, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Efficiency and Standards

On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will lower the electric bills of virtually every office building, school, and hospital across the country by $15 billion through 2030.[read more]

New National Standard for Building Energy and Water Benchmarking Professionals Launched

December 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Center for Building Knowledge at New Jersey Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation, recently launched the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking, a training and certificate program for building energy and water benchmarking professionals.[read more]

Minimum Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors will Soon Increase

October 3, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Motor Efficiency Standards

For more than three decades the efficiency of new motors has been regulated by federal law. Beginning in mid-2016, an updated standard established this year by the United States Department of Energy for electric motors will once again increase the minimum efficiency of new motors.[read more]

As Summer Heats Up, New Room AC Standards Will Help Cut Cooling Costs

June 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Summer Cooling Costs

New energy-efficiency standards for room air conditioners went into effect June 1 – just in time to help save on summer AC bills. These standards will save Americans money this summer, and were set at levels agreed to jointly by efficiency advocates, manufacturers, and consumer groups.[read more]

In Ohio, Battle Royale Over Efficiency and Renewable Energy Rages On

May 22, 2014 by Tom Plant

Ohio Efficiency and Renewable Battle


Ohio put energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in place in 2008. But no good deed goes unpunished. Some utilities have been slow in implementing efficiency programs and exercised their influence in the General Assembly rather than implement efficiency measures.[read more]

On the Inefficiency of Fuel Efficiency Standards

February 11, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie

Inefficient Efficiency Standards

Imagine you have just been pulled over for exceeding the speed limit. The officer explains that the penalty for speeding decreases with engine size. Why? Because it is relatively more difficult for drivers of high performance cars to exercise restraint and drive the speed limit. What?![read more]

Cold Snap Highlights Need for Updated Furnace Efficiency Standards

January 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Furnace Efficiency Standards

With the polar vortex bringing subzero temperatures to many parts of the US, many Americans are huddling inside. But not only are they suffering through the extreme cold, but many will be hit with higher heating bills as they pay the price of the energy used to keep their homes safe and warm.[read more]

China's Factory Owners Look for Energy Savings

December 7, 2013 by Charles Arthur

China Factory Energy Savings


A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek reports that for decades after China started trading with the United States in 1979, most factory managers didn’t focus on electricity prices, but now factory bosses in China are looking at ways to cut costs through greater energy efficiency.[read more]

Manufacturers Push For Federal Energy Efficiency Goals

June 22, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

The National Association of Manufacturers is setting its sights hard on energy efficiency by sending a letter to the White House urging President Obama to invest even more in energy efficiency savings and investments.[read more]

Italy Energy Performance Contracts Fund Energy Efficiency

June 8, 2013 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

To achieve EU energy and climate change objectives energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment needs to be further developed. A substantial part of this potential lies at local level in cities and towns.[read more]

Efficiency Standards To Save Americans More Than $1 Trillion By 2035

March 13, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Sadly, America’s wildly successful energy efficiency standards have fallen victim to politics in recent years. Despite being used over the decades as a way to encourage innovation, increase customer choice, and reduce pollution, efficiency targets have been bizarrely branded as a government tool to control people’s lives. Well, here’s...[read more]

A Clean Energy Standard Must Address Peak Load Reduction

April 11, 2011 by James Greenberger

If all a CES does is incentivize the construction of new, clean generation assets and the deployment of additional transmission and distribution infrastructure, it will fail in its essential purpose. Simply building new plants while keeping old polluting ones open creates more environmental degradation rather than reduces it. An effective CES must be part of a broader scheme to retire older generation plants and reduce the amount of infrastructure necessary to generate and transmit the electricity needed by consumers. In short, a CES must be coupled with an energy efficiency standard.[read more]