Each year when we set out to research and write the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, we find that states are rapidly moving forward on energy efficiency policies, achieving real results by helping people to save money and stop wasting energy. The quick pace of progress makes compiling states’ information quite challenging, which is why we have developed a foolproof strategy to engage the states and enlist their help as we draft the report.
One of five top-award winners of ACEEE’s States Stepping Forward awards project, the Hawaii Lead by Example Program (LBE) impressed ACEEE and an expert panel of judges with thorough program offerings and solid results. Learn more about this program and many more in the full report.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) earned recognition for three outstanding programs in ACEEE's latest States Stepping Forward report, which can be accessed here. The programs present unique, innovative models to hasten the market penetration of energy efficiency technologies in municipal wastewater facilities, commercial facilities, and industrial buildings.
The Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT) approved new rules for utility energy efficiency programs this week. The centerpiece to the rule change is an increase to the state’s energy savings targets from 20% of electric demand growth to 25% growth in demand in 2012 and 30% in 2013 and beyond. The rule also establishes customer cost caps to contain costs.
The one-year anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided the opportunity for legislators and the public to examine its progress achieving the stated goals of both stimulating job growth and laying a foundation for sustained economic growth.
The country is rapidly approaching a milestone in energy policy. As of today, twenty-three states have an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). Since 2007 fifteen states adopted an EERS, a policy that requires utilities to save a specific percentage of electricity and natural gas sales over an extended period of time through energy efficiency. The country will likely soon see over half of the states since an EERS is pending in three states (Utah, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island).