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U.S. Building and Industrial Efficiency Policy 101


July 3, 2013 - 12:34pm
By Steven Nadel, Executive Director

This blog was co-written with Kevin Mo and He Ping, Energy Foundation China.

Today ACEEE and Energy Foundation China released a pair of reports explaining the major components of U.S. energy efficiency programs and policies for the buildings and industrial sectors. The reports are available in both Chinese and English and were written to explain the basics of U.S. policy to Chinese policymakers and researchers as they work to develop and implement appropriate policies for China. However, the reports will also be useful to those new to energy efficiency policy in the United States as they provide the type of background one might get in an “Energy Efficiency Policy 101” type of course.

As the world’s two largest economies, there is much that the United States and China can learn from each other. In 2012, ACEEE, Energy Foundation China, and the Global Best Practices Network issued a report in English on Building Energy Efficiency Policies in China. With these two reports we turn to U.S. policy.

The report on the buildings sector covers the following 21 programs and policies:

  • Buildings Technology Program
  • State Energy Program (SEP)
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG)
  • Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
  • Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Low Income Home Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Department of Defense Energy Efficiency Initiatives in Buildings
  • Building Codes
  • Building Rating and Disclosure
  • Voluntary Green Construction Codes
  • Residential Retrofits
  • Commercial Retrofits
  • Appliance and Equipment Standards
  • Appliance Labeling
  • ENERGY STAR
  • Utility Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Financing
  • Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracting
  • Federal Government Support to International Programs/Projects/Initiatives

The industrial report covers more than a dozen topics as follows:

  • Federal
    • Research & Development
    • Financial and Technical Assistance
    • Regulations, Standards, and Labeling
    • Tax Incentives
  • Utility Customer Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Regional Networks
  • State Assistance Programs
  • Centers of Excellence
  • Local Financing
  • State and Local Tax Incentives
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Trade Organizations
  • Professional Organizations

To download the reports, click on the following links:

An Introduction to U.S. Policies to Improve Building Efficiency

An Introduction to U.S. Policies to Improve Industrial Energy Efficiency

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