Sustainability 101

Did You Know? States Work To Increase Energy Efficiency

Many forward-thinking states are now taking a comprehensive look at their energy plans, and issuing directives to increase efficiency.

Earlier this month, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20% in seven years.

New York is also participating in a program called  Build Smart NY, which will use state building energy data to prioritize projects that will deliver the greatest energy savings per dollar.

In neighboring state Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled a draft comprehensive energy strategy for the state that would expand energy efficiency programs for residential and business customers. The plan also will reexamine the state’s renewable portfolio standards – which currently calls for 20% renewable power by 2020 – with an eye toward both raising the standard and increasing the mix of renewable options.

How does your state compare? Check out the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s State Energy Efficiency Policy Database.

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