Introducing ACEEE’s new and improved State and Local Policy Database

Blog Post | May 05, 2014 - 5:26 pm
By David Ribeiro, Senior Researcher

State and local governments are laboratories for innovation in energy efficiency policies and programs. Policymakers, regulators, and citizens at all levels increasingly recognize that energy efficiency is crucially important to their economies and are increasingly taking action and seeking information on policies and programs in their communities. Today ACEEE is launching a new database tool that highlights the energy efficiency leadership—and opportunities for improvement—of state and local governments around the United States.

ACEEE’s new State and Local Policy Database includes comprehensive information on energy efficiency policies currently implemented at the state and local level. The database tracks policy activity across multiple sectors, including state and local governments, utilities, transportation, buildings, combined heat and power, and appliance standards. Users can click on a state or city on the database map to learn more about the specific policies that encourage energy efficiency. Users can also look at a particular policy type and compare the approaches of all states or cities to that topic.

In addition to presenting a comprehensive picture of energy efficiency actions in these locations, information contained in the database also serves as the basis of the data used to generate the scores for the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard and City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The database will be updated by members of ACEEE’s utilities, state, and local policy team at least once a year with the data collected for new editions of the state and city scorecards.

While the state policy content is an enhanced version of what was provided in our previous database, the information on local policies is completely new. In addition to providing detailed information on the cities included in the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, it also includes information on eight additional cities with more cities to come. These new communities submitted their policy information to us using the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool. We invite other communities to do the same by using the self-scoring tool to compare their efficiency policies to peer communities and sending us their policy information. Resources permitting, ACEEE staff will verify submissions and publicly recognize the policies of additional communities by including them in the database.

We hope our new State and Local Policy Database will prove a valuable resource to your interests, whether they be as an involved resident, a policy analyst, or as a state or local government representative. Please send me any comments or questions you may have regarding this new tool. Happy databasing!