The United States is finally joining forces to become a more energy efficient nation. Today, all 50 governors are all working to increase energy efficiency in their state. In has been determined that excessive energy costs have delayed essential spending that would have generated advancement in multiple industries. States would have grown exponentially by the introduction of those advancements, but paying excessive energy costs postponed their production.
Measures Introduced by Governors to Advance Statewide Energy Efficiency
• Using Planning and Analyses to Change Policy and Best Practices
• Altering Energy Usage Rules to Improve Standards and Goals
• Using Utility Companies to Incentivize Reduced Energy Usage
• Promoting the Increased Investment in Energy Efficiency through Low-Cost Loans
• Promoting and Supporting Education and Outreach
• Supporting Research and Development
• State Programs that Allow Businesses to Shift Investments from Energy to Products or Services
39 States Examine their Energy Demands
With 39 states actively attempting to understand their states actual energy usage compared to the assumed needs, the governors hope to obtain reliable numbers that will identify the successes and failures of their current energy programs. These numbers will help establish new standards for environmental protection and advance energy savings. Knowing the demand will also help make energy availability more reliable. The natural direction of thought is to eventually help make energy more affordable.
Governors are Improving Energy Efficiency Rules and Standards
The recent attempts to increase energy efficiency in appliances is partly due to these new state standards for energy usage. Governors have also been instrumental in establishing new energy codes for state and commercial buildings. In New York, the new standard for state owned buildings is a reduction of 20% in energy usage by the year 2020.
Incentives offered by Utility Companies
Demand Side Management Programs include utility company incentives to customers for a reduction in energy usage. Many states offer their utility companies bonuses for reaching or exceeding state efficiency goals. Utility companies then translate those goals into residential and commercial goals in an effort to give consumers incentives to become more energy efficient. These incentives help consumers lower their energy costs, which also adds to the efficiency of the utility company.
The states are each working to advance energy efficiency standards. By taking steps to understand the problem, they can pinpoint the areas where adjustments are greatly needed. They have realized one of the big drawbacks to becoming more efficient was the cost of investing in more efficient resources and equipment. Therefore, the states instituted low-cost loans and incentive programs to encourage individual investments in energy savings. The state goal is to promote economic growth and controlling energy expenses will ultimately lead to increase growth in the state economy by redirecting spending from energy to the production of new products and services.