State Energy Efficiency Policy

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  • Click on the map to launch ACEEE's State and Local Policy Database, with up-to-date information on each state. View the Full 2014 Scorecard Rankings
  • For decades, states have demonstrated leadership in developing and implementing energy efficiency policies. To support further development of energy efficiency at the state level, ACEEE prepares thoughtful, innovative research and maintains a...
  • Many states are struggling to recover from a recession, meet budget shortfalls, and lower unemployment rates. At the same time, states must take action to comply with a number of federal air regulations. Proactive states can use energy efficiency...
  • In October of 2013 the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Energi Insurance Services, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Argonne National Laboratory, and the US Department of Energy (DOE),...
  • The State Clean Energy Resource Project serves as a national “geological survey” of energy efficiency and renewable resources. It is a center for information and expertise that facilitates clean energy policy adoption and implementation at the state...
  • Minimum efficiency standards for residential appliances and lighting have been one of the most successful policies used by states and the federal government to save energy. Appliance efficiency standards prohibit the production and import or sale...
  • The value of energy efficiency in properly implemented construction standards is universally recognized as the easiest and most cost-effective way to help consumers save energy and money, make housing more affordable, and reduce air pollution. All...
  • Financial incentives are an important instrument for spurring investment in energy efficient technologies and services. The incorporation of a financial incentive can make energy efficiency investments more alluring for private and public entities...
  • Distributed generation, also called on-site generation or decentralized generation, is the term for generation of electricity from sources that are near the point of consumption, as opposed to centralized generation sources such as large utility-...
  • Fuel economy and emissions standards are not the only components to consider when addressing transportation sector energy use in the long term. U.S.highway vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) is projected to grow 28% by 2030, substantially outpacing...
  • Energy efficiency measures have been proven by many analyses to be the most cost-effective and fast-track way to address global climate change while reducing energy usage and more affordably expanding the use of renewable energy sources.  In the...
  • Government facilities, fleets, and operations offer a unique opportunity for federal, state, and local governments to lead by example, incorporating energy efficiency measures into their facilities and achieving significant energy cost savings....
  • Many states are struggling to recover from a recession, meet budget shortfalls, and lower unemployment rates. At the same time, states must take action to comply with a number of federal air regulations. Proactive states can use energy efficiency...
  • Investor-owned utilities (private companies with ownership shares held by stockholders) serve the majority of electricity and natural gas customers in the United States. These utilities are primarily regulated at the state level, where public...
  • The origin of utility-sector energy efficiency programs traces back to the energy crises in the 1970s, when a new concept of "energy conservation" emerged to help customers cope with soaring energy prices. Over time, this led to the...
  • An Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) establishes specific, long-term targets for energy savings that utilities or non-utility program administrators must meet through customer energy efficiency programs. An EERS can apply to...
  • In the traditional model for establishing rates for customers of regulated electric and natural gas utilities, higher sales of energy lead to higher utility revenues (and, in turn, utility profits). This is a strong financial disincentive for...
  • A "smart grid" is an electrical transmission and distribution system that employs a full array of advanced electronic metering, communications, and control technologies. The grid can provide detailed feedback to customers and...
  • Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) yields data that can enable and empower customers to identify opportunities to reduce their energy use and to track the results of such changes. When utilities install advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)...

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