New ACEEE Report Centerpiece of White House Sponsored Roundtable with Building Owners and Utilities

“The paper will also be the centerpiece of a White House sponsored discussion that will launch an expansion of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative. The initiative will include multifamily buildings for the first time, as called for in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The event, organized by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and will bring together utilities that have partnered with ACEEE and leading owners of multifamily housing that are pledging to reduce energy consumption across their building portfolios by 20% within 10 years.”–Patrick Kiker

Property Efficiency Scorecard to launch at RetailGreen Conference

Property Efficiency Scorecard to launch at RetailGreen Conference

“When ICSC set out to develop a new tool for measuring retail shopping center performance, it was with an understanding that this is a road that others have traveled before. In fact, this effort only came about as a result of member frustration at the failure of existing tools to meet the unique needs of the retail owner community.  The Property Efficiency Scorecard will launch as a web-based software tool with several key functions, designed for ease-of-use and to serve the needs of smaller and larger property owners alike.”

The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

“According to the 2013 State Scorecard, the five states most in need of improvement (starting with dead last) are: North Dakota; Wyoming; South Dakota; Alaska; and Mississippi. However, Mississippi also appears on ACEEE’s list of the top five most improved states, revealing an upward trend as more and more states embrace energy efficiency. Last year Mississippi passed comprehensive energy legislation that included energy efficiency as a major component. The bill included provisions setting an energy code for commercial and state-owned buildings. Mississippi is now set to become a regional leader in energy efficiency. West Virginia’s score improved due to the state adopting stronger building codes. The other three most improved states in 2013 were:  Maine, Kansas, and Ohio.”—ACEEE

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz said: “Energy efficiency is a critical tool for cutting harmful carbon emissions and the best way to reduce energy bills for America’s families. We applaud the continued progress in energy efficiency nationwide and stand ready to help states as they make their communities cleaner and more sustainable, while saving taxpayer dollars and fostering greater economic growth.”