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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.

 

 

ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING

meterEnergy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) help building owners increase energy efficiency and lower energy bills at no expense to the owner. This web brief contains data on all 50 state’s ESPC statutes, and highlights examples of state activity. States can authorize ESPCs for state agencies, counties, municipalities, school districts, state colleges and universities and public agencies.

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DISRUPTIVE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

house with energy generatorAdvances in technology are fueling dramatic strides in efficiency, natural gas extraction, locally generated energy and smart grid technologies, altering how policymakers, utilities and energy businesses approach all aspects of the industry, from production and delivery to regulation. This State Legislatures Magazine article explores this energy revolution and what it means for consumers, utilities and policymakers.

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ON-BILL FINANCING

Energy efficiency on-bill financing policies help eliminate cost barriers by allowing consumers to finance efficient furnaces, air conditioners, lighting and other efficiency upgrades and pay finance costs on their energy bill. View NCSL’s resources on this topic, including a web brief that provides an overview of the financing mechanism and a detailed listing of fifty state legislative and utility activity on this topic. Additional on-bill financing resources include: A LegisBrief, “On-Bill Financing: Cost-Free Energy Efficiency;” and a 2014 webinar, “Everybody Wins—Driving Economic Growth and Energy Efficiency With On Bill Financing

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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