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If the U.S. did these 16 things, we’d be the most energy-efficient economy on earth

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • July 23, 2014

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just scored the world’s 16 largest economies on their energy policies and practices. And if there’s one thing ACEEE wants you to know, it’s this: the U.S. is way, way behind the rest of the class.

Germany took the top spot in the ranking, surprising no one. China was another strong performer, in large part because of its highly efficient building codes and standards. Ambitious efficiency standards helped European Union member states round out the top five.

America got 13th.


What gives? The United States just proposed a huge new carbon standard for power plants that opens the door for an efficiency revolution. We’re plugging in our cars and putting solar on our roofs. So why didn’t we score higher?

ACEEE has a 90-page explainer for you. We boiled it down to 16 reasons — and 16 things we could fix that would make the U.S. the world’s most energy-efficient economy.

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We’ve now saved 5 terawatt-hours. That’s enough energy to power New Hampshire for a year.

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • July 22, 2014

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that — in partnership with our 90+ utility partners — we’ve now helped utility customers save more than 5 terawatt-hours (TWh) of energy! 

5 TWh of savings — equivalent to 5 billion kilowatt-hours — is more energy than the Hoover Dam produces each year. And this most recent terawatt-hour of savings is our fastest energy efficiency achievement yet.  

In February, we surpassed 4 billion kilowatt-hours of savings, which could power all of the homes in San Francisco for a year. But, just 5 months later, what’s cooler than saving enough energy to power a US city for a year?

Saving enough energy to power an entire US state. With 5 TWh, we’ve now saved enough energy to take all 1.3 million homes in the Granite State — New Hampshire — off the grid for a year.


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3 things utilities should know about millennials

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • July 21, 2014

Much has been written about the millennials.

Why? Because millennials — those born between 1982 and 2003 — will make-up one-third of the U.S. adult population by 2020 and 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. That represents a huge economic shift in consumer preferences.

Recently, the Brookings Institution released a working paper that sheds light on the tastes and attitudes of the millennial generation. The paper — How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America — examines the broad characteristics of millennials. But, as John Banks of Brookings notes, the study also offers a few specific clues as to how they will impact the utility industry. 

Based on the Brookings Institution’s analysis — as well as some other industry research — here are three things utilities should know about the next generation of utility customers: millennials. 

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