The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. They believe that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all its people. ACEEE carries out its mission by:

  • Conducting in-depth technical and policy analyses

  • Advising policymakers and program managers

  • Working collaboratively with businesses, government officials, public interest groups, and other organizations

  • Convening conferences and workshops, primarily for energy efficiency professionals

  • Assisting and encouraging traditional and new media to cover energy efficiency policy and technology issues

  • Educating consumers and businesses through our reports, books, conference proceedings, press activities, and websites

ACEEE was founded in 1980 by leading researchers in the energy field. Since then they have grown to a staff of about 50. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. ACEEE focuses on these program areas:

ACEEE’s thorough and peer-reviewed technical work is widely relied on by policymakers, business and industry decision-makers, consumers, media, and other energy professionals. Recently, ACEEE's efforts have clearly identified what is becoming know as, 'the energy-water nexus". In simple terms, every drop of water saved in the U.S. saves energy, and every unit of energy saved saves water.

For the past 30 years, strategies to conserve energy and increase the efficiency of energy use have been widely pursued. Similar efforts in the conservation and efficient use of water have occurred over the past 20-plus years. However, the two communities have historically not worked together in a coherent, collaborative manner, and instead generally created separate but parallel efforts. These separate activities could realize significant benefits from coordination.

Website: http://www.aceee.org