Harnessing the Free Market to Improve Energy Efficiency: State Benchmarking and Disclosure Policies
- Title: Harnessing the Free Market to Improve Energy Efficiency: State Benchmarking and Disclosure Policies
- Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
- Additional Material
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Harnessing the Free Market to Improve Energy Efficiency: State Benchmarking and Disclosure Policies Webinar
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Commercial buildings compose nearly half of building energy use and roughly 20% of total energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Energy expenditures average more than $2 per square foot in commercial and government buildings, making energy a cost worth managing. States can encourage building owners to improve the efficiency of their buildings by making energy performance visible through the use of benchmarking and disclosure policies. Through enhanced awareness, benchmarking results can drive new investment and create an estimated 5 to 15 green jobs per $1 million invested. This webinar introduced participants to benchmarking and disclosure laws across the country and provided an update on the goals and activities of the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action).
Jim Gallagher, New York Independent System Operator
Marshall Duer-Balkind, Washington, DC District Department of the Environment
Bill Prindle, ICF International
The next SEE Action webcast, “Energy Performance Benchmarking and Disclosure Policies for Public and Commercial Buildings,” on Thursday, July 26, from 2:00-3:30 pm EDT. This webcast will provide an opportunity for communities to learn successful strategies for adopting and implementing benchmarking and disclosure policies. The session will be moderated by Cliff Majersik of the Institute for Market Transformation, who will introduce the components and benefits of benchmarking and disclosure policies. Representatives from the Washington, DC District Department of the Environment and the San Francisco Department of the Environment will then share the experience of their cities in developing and deploying these policies
As a follow-up to the “Harnessing the Free Market to Improve Energy Efficiency: State Benchmarking and Disclosure Policies” webcast, we wanted to provide you with the following links and materials:
1.) SEE Action Commercial Building Working Group: learn more about the policies and resources discussed during the webcast.
2.) SEE Action Newsletter: sign up to receive the newsletter and announcements of upcoming events and new publications from the SEE Action Network.
3.) Learn more about DOE’s Commercial Building Asset Rating Program.
4.) Learn more about DOE’s Buildings Performance Database.
5.) Review the OpenEI utility data access map.
6.) For more information on the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) platform, please contact Cody Taylor.