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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

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EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

houseStates are leading the way in reducing energy bills for residential and commercial building owners. This brief, “Energy Efficiency Requirements for Public Buildings,” provides an update on state building energy codes, energy efficiency requirements for state buildings, requirements that go “beyond code,” and benchmarking and disclosure. Legislative updates from 2012 and 2013 are included. View a supplemental update specifically addressing state energy efficient lighting incentives

 

 

FINANCING STRATEGIES

meterStates are using a number of financing strategies to increase energy efficiency and lower customers' energy bills at no expense to the owner. States can authorize legislation for:

 

 

2014 LEGISLATION

Webinar logoIn the 2014 session, legislatures in at least 37 states and Washington, D.C., enacted more than 100 bills related to energy efficiency, including building energy codes; energy use in publicly owned or operated buildings; efficient building initiatives for new construction or retrofits; state energy efficiency policies; financing energy efficiency; education and outreach; and additional policy areas. View this document for summaries of enacted legislation.

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FIXING EFFICIENCY DISINCENTIVES

Webinar logoRegulatory models in many states discourage utility efficiency investments. The results are an increase in the amount that consumers spend on energy and slower economic growth. Many states have changed the regulatory structure so that utilities will benefit if they pursue cost-effective energy efficiency. This February webinar and April LegisBrief explore these efforts and other policy solutions.

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OVERVIEW | ENERGY EFFICIENCY

America’s homes, factories and commercial buildings hold an energy source of vast potential waiting to be tapped – energy efficiency. Lighting retrofits, building energy codes and high-efficiency equipment are just a few of the many ways that families and businesses can save energy and money. Lawmakers are exploring policies and programs to reduce upfront costs and overcome market barriers to energy efficiency.

 

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