EESI was one of 42 organizations, both nonprofits and corporations, calling on U.S. governors to maximize their states' investments in energy efficiency, the lowest-cost demand-side energy resource.
Despite the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the electric power sector is evolving toward a cleaner, more efficient energy system. By reducing the need for central power generation, energy efficiency provides emissions reductions quickly, locally, and at a lower cost than other options. Actions such as improving manufacturing energy efficiency, reducing commercial buildings’ energy use, and delivering residential energy efficiency upgrades are the quickest and cheapest means to meet energy demand while simultaneously improving air quality.
Today, every state has at least some experience delivering energy efficiency programs administered by electric and natural gas utilities as well as the private sector. These programs have been very successful and can be expanded significantly. In addition, there are many other opportunities, such as investments in combined heat and power, the adoption of building energy codes that leverage above-code green building certification, residential retrofit financing programs, and the procurement of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to upgrade large buildings and facilities.
Each letter to the governors was accompanied by a state-specific fact sheet, showing how the implementation of a few common energy efficiency policies—such as the adoption of an energy-savings target, updating building energy codes, and increasing the use of combined heat and power—can help states comply with the Clean Power Plan, while saving customers money and growing the economy.
You can find all the letters, and their accompanying fact sheets, in the table below.