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New comparable household prices for electricity / gas

For the first time, Eurostat is publishing prices for electricity and natural gas that are fully comparable across countries. With the new data requested in Regulation (EU) 2016/1952, Eurostat is now able to calculate the weighted average price reflecting total household consumption. In the past,...

ACEEE: World Energy Rankings Suggest Countries Need Energy Efficiency to Meet Paris Goals

Some countries do strikingly better than others in saving energy, but all can better use efficiency to meet their Paris Agreement climate goals, according to The 2018 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). No...

Mapping Policies, Opportunities and Barriers to Improving Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Indoor Quality of Buildings in Visegrad Countries

The Comparative Study provides a brief overview of existing public policies promoting renovation and energy efficiency of buildings in individual V4 countries. The Study identifies best practices and pressing issues mainly in the 4 policy areas energy performance certification of buildings,...

ACEEE: Efficiency and renewables: the dream team for a clean energy future

With the promising trend of plunging prices for renewable energy, there may be a temptation to wonder whether energy efficiency is still cost effective. The answer is a very affirmative “yes.”  As companies, cities, and states work to keep energy costs down and meet ambitious...

Commission welcomes final vote on energy performance of buildings

New rules will make buildings smarter and more energy efficient, saving money and creating jobs in the renovation and construction sector. 

Need for strong cooperation among Member States for an adequate level of ambition for EU Energy Efficiency Targets

70+ leading businesses and associations urging strong EU energy efficiency targets.

No crystal ball necessary: energy efficiency can help mitigate price volatility

Electricity bills don’t make for terribly exciting reading, but as boring as they may look, there is much more going on beneath the surface. Whereas the price most people pay for electricity remains steady from month to month, electricity costs can change dramatically from one hour to the...

IEA: Latest trends in energy efficiency

Improvements in global energy efficiency slowed down dramatically in 2017, because of a weakening of efficiency policy coverage and stringency as well as lower energy prices. Global energy intensity improved by only 1.7% in 2017, compared with an average of 2.3% over the last three years.

IEA Global Energy & CO2 Status Report: The latest trends in energy and emissions in 2017

The IEA’s first Global Energy and CO2 Status Report – released in March 2018 – provides a snapshot of recent global trends and developments across fuels, renewable sources, and energy efficiency and carbon emissions, in 2017.

Energy efficiency has a leading role to play in our distributed energy future

The increased prevalence of distributed energy resources is driving changes to utility planning. Our new report, The Role of Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future, found that most utilities are not currently using energy efficiency in distribution system planning, but several states are...