Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) Update

In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress increased to $3.2 billion the total face amount (“allocation”) of QECBs that states, territories, large local governments, and tribal governments could issue to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

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SEE Action’s Financing Solutions Working Group

What is one thing most policymakers can agree on? The value of energy efficiency. The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) is a state- and local-led effort facilitated by the DOE and EPA to bring energy efficiency to scale through state and local action.

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Development of Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Needs a Multi-Pronged, Multi-Partner Approach

Advances in alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) technologies and policies, and state and federal actions to improve fuel economy, are challenging the dominance of fossil fuels in the transportation sector.

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The Importance of Evaluating Energy Efficiency Financing Programs

Several states have expressed public aspirations to shift away from the use of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency incentives and toward leveraging of private capital as a primary strategy for achieving energy efficiency goals.

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Driving Efficiency in Legacy Buildings on University Campuses

Higher education, though rarely considered a “hard to reach” customer segment for utility-led efficiency programs, is often underserved relative to the savings potential.

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Data Data Everywhere and Not a Link to Make

The amount of data available to inform decision making has increased rapidly over the past few decades. We can find statistics on the gas mileage and resale prices for different types of used cars, and we can use smartphone apps to scan bar codes to track the nutritional content of our food.

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Policy Assistance for Engaging Small Lenders

This past September both the Fannie Mae Multifamily Energy and Water Market Research Survey and the Energy Star Score for Multifamily Housing were released. Together these mark huge strides for multifamily energy efficiency, as both seek to catalyze market activity.

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The Impact of (and Problems with) Incentives and Loans

Ask Americans why they don’t do more to make their homes energy efficient, and every year the answer is “It’s too expensive.” Yet we know that most utilities in the United States offer rebates to directly address this barrier.

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Multifamily Policy and Program Horizons, and the Implications for Energy Efficiency Finance

Dollars; comfort; health: these are the benefits that energy efficiency and clean energy promise to deliver.

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International Experiences On Energy Efficiency

Whether the debate is on energy security, resilience, economic recovery, development or climate change, energy efficiency is of universal interest. However while this interest cuts across political, national and economic boundaries it is probably the only thing about energy efficiency that does. Globally energy efficiency activity is fragmented, piecemeal and generally speaking, difficult to scale.

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