ACEEE Launches New Web-Based Resource in Response to Opportunities in Local Energy Efficiency Policy
Local policy is becoming an increasingly important driver for energy efficiency with local governments and other local leaders continuing to create innovative solutions even when federal and state leadership is lacking. Additionally, local governments have many responsibilities and relationships that put them in a unique position to effectively translate energy efficiency goals into successful implementation, and ultimately create tangible on-the-ground results.
Acting on the nexus between energy and water can contribute to creating efficient and livable communities. Examples of opportunities include energy and water equipment efficiency standards and local programs that co-promote electric, natural gas, and water savings. But this coordination between energy and water utilities has to date been very informal and as a result many opportunities slip between the cracks. Energy and water savings can be dramatically increased if these two communities are encouraged to work more closely together and are rewarded appropriately for success.
More than 500 state and local code officials voted on changes to the nation’s model energy code to achieve energy savings of 30% relative to the 2006 model code. The new 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) meets the 30% savings goal sought by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of State Energy Officials, governors, lawmakers, and the broad-based Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC).
Washington, D.C. - In a new report released today, ACEEE presented profiles of over 40 municipal energy efficiency programs as a guide for cities and counties preparing to implement federally-funded energy efficiency and conservation plans.
State and Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Can Use Provisions in New Federal Energy Law to Increase Local Energy Savings
Washington, D.C. — A report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) concludes that the recently enacted federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides a number of opportunities for state and local energy efficiency programs, but will also require some adjustments to local programs.