Building Energy Efficiency Policies, State by State - Energy Minute for November 11, 2013
The continuing lack of a comprehensive national energy policy is one of the major failures of our gridlocked federal politics. Meanwhile, state legislatures and regulatory agencies are making steady progress in energy efficiency laws and rules. Massachusetts is continuing its commitment to energy efficiency under that states’ Green Communities Act. In California, requirements for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have resulted in several statewide strategies for smart growth. Connecticut has passed a major energy bill, calling for the benchmarking of state buildings, expanding combined heat and power programs, and doubling funding for energy efficiency programs. And Illinois has set a new resource standard that delivers increased energy savings. These four states are ranked in the top ten for energy efficiency in the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Mississippi topped ACEE’s list of the top five most improved states, by passing comprehensive legislation that includes setting an energy code for commercial and state-owned buildings. So while Washington continues its trench warfare, go-nowhere political fights, states are taking their own, progressive steps toward energy efficiency. That’s a positive example of grassroots common sense resulting in a visionary plan for the future. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.
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