ACEEE will update its State Energy Efficiency Policy Database in late June to reflect efforts at the state level to enact policies promoting energy efficiency in 2009. The database serves as a comprehensive, navigable resource with detailed information on a variety of state energy policies, including utility, transportation, and combined heat and power/recovered waste energy policies. A new category will be added this year: "Lead by Example Initiatives" by state governments. This category will cover efficient building, fleet, and procurement mandates, using information provided by the U.S. EPA’s State Climate and Energy Program. The database will also benefit from an expansion of tax and financial incentive information provided by the North Carolina Solar Center and the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE). Although still relatively new, the State Energy Efficiency Policy Database is already becoming a recognized resource for energy professionals in all fields seeking to understand the complex and dynamic composition of state energy efficiency policies.
ACEEE uses the database to score states for the annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which will be released in the fall. Users of the database are encouraged to deliver feedback to ACEEE on new policy or implementation updates so that the states are accurately ranked for the Scorecard. Over the next few months, we will reach out to a state network of stakeholders at state energy offices and elsewhere to ensure those most knowledgeable have the opportunity to review the existing policy information. As part of this outreach effort, ACEEE will publish its second state newsletter, The State Current, to highlight new developments in energy efficiency policy and program implementation. For more information on the state policy program at ACEEE, please email or call Michael Sciortino, 202-507-4028.