Washington, D.C. — Today, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) unveiled a new Web resource for state policymakers and energy efficiency advocates. This site is the initial phase of ACEEE's new State Energy Efficiency Policy Web site, an ongoing project under the umbrella of ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Policy Activities. The site serves as an easy-to-use online database of energy efficiency policies in the states, searchable by state or by policy. The database covers:
- appliance standards
- building codes
- clean distributed generation policies
- tax incentives
- vehicle policies
- a host of utility-related energy efficiency information
The site currently covers information for most of the leading states. Ultimately the site will cover policies for all states and will be expanded to also cover state climate policies and smart growth initiatives.
“States are increasingly adopting and implementing new energy policies as a result of high energy prices and increasing concern over global climate change,” said ACEEE's Executive Director Steven Nadel. “ACEEE seeks to provide a comprehensive survey of existing state 'best practices' as a resource for policymakers, businesses, concerned citizens, and others in the energy efficiency community.”
"This Web site builds on the extensive research regarding energy efficiency policies and programs for which ACEEE has become well known over the past 28 years," said ACEEE's project manager Sarah Black. "The database will serve as a portal to original ACEEE research as well as resources elsewhere on the Web. The unique resources include information on clean distributed generation policies and several utility policies, including energy efficiency program funding and customer energy efficiency programs."
The complete version of the Web site will roll out in conjunction with the release of ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for 2007/2008 in the beginning of October. ACEEE anticipates updating information on the site on a quarterly basis as new policies emerge.