New research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that about 6.5 million workers were employed in the global renewable energy industry in 2013, a 14% increase over 2012.[ Read More → ]
State & Local Energy Report is a quarterly magazine sponsored by the four national organizations representing state energy officials: National Association of State Energy Officials, National Association for State Community Services Programs, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association. Our mission is to facilitate greater dialogue on energy-related issues among federal, state and local energy officials.
Washington, D.C., continues to plod along in this election year with a great deal of posturing, but not much in the way of real accomplishments.[ Read More → ]
One way energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) is unique is its reliance on public–private partnerships to achieve success. The Energy Services Coalition (ESC), a network of experts working to increase energy efficiency through ESPC, embodies the public–private partnership approach.[ Read More → ]
Energy Efficiency in the Midwest: What Do Actions in Indiana and Ohio Mean for the Rest of the Region?
Energy efficiency investment in the Midwest is projected to total more than $1.78 billion in 2014. Recent legislative actions in Indiana and Ohio mean that this investment will drop to an estimated $1.67 billion in 2015. But this isn’t the whole story.[ Read More → ]
For well over a decade, Kentucky has promoted energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) as a mechanism to achieve environmental and economic benefits. The Kentucky chapter of the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) estimates that by the end of 2013, more than $750 million in projects were completed statewide since the enabling legislation was passed in 1996.[ Read More → ]
Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) are an underutilized financing tool available from the federal government to provide subsidized financing for a broad range of “energy conservation purposes,” including energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy, and alternative fuels.[ Read More → ] Sponsored content
Since the mid-1990s, state agencies, institutions of higher education, and local governments have leveraged the Colorado Energy Office’s Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program to finance energy and water efficiency and other public facility improvements with guaranteed energy savings. These cost-effective business decisions free up taxes, tuition, and fees for valued programs and services.[ Read More → ]
The Potential Value of ESPC Energy Efficiency Savings Under EPA’s Pending 111(d) Standard for Existing Power Plants
State ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs approved and overseen by the states and operated by utilities invest more than $6 billion annually and typically have energy savings verified through independent evaluation utilizing protocols unique to each state. This diversity offers limited means to make comparisons across states and sometimes across utilities within states.[ Read More → ]
Given the inability of Congress to agree on almost anything, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has increasingly focused on state and local policy in recent years. Some of our key current projects are described below.[ Read More → ]
Now more than ever, the job of a state utility regulator is one of the toughest and most important in the country. The utility industries we regulate—from the natural gas companies that heat our homes to the electric companies that light our streets—are on the cusp of profound change.[ Read More → ]