Energy Efficiency

Kentucky sets up a unique mechanism to promote using energy efficiently in public buildings. The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet established a "Green Bank" to makes loans of $50,000 or more to state agencies to help pay for projects to make state buildings more energy efficient.

The United States has vast offshore wind power potential.  Yet despite the potential to produce clean, cost-effective electricity, huge challenges remain to commercial deployment.  However, some progress is already being made toward developing an offshore wind power industry.

Electricity expenditures can make up a significant percentage of some households' budget.  There are several options policymakers can take to alleviate this stress.

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The average price of electricity in the U.S. rose from 6.74 cents per kilowatt hour in 1998 to 9.74 cents per kilowatt hour in 2008...

This session focused on how states can grow their energy economy and thereby spur job creation. Participants engaged in a discussion with nationally recognized experts and learned the potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency to generate jobs and savings as well as what they can do at the state level to create jobs. Panelists also shared programs their states have initiated in an effort to promote energy efficiency and enhance the economy.

State eNews, Issue #46, May 11, 2010

Even before the federal stimulus funding hit the states, state leaders were exploring renewable energy industries and energy efficiency projects to attract desperately needed jobs. Drawing on the states’ experiences in this arena, The Council of State Governments will feature two sessions on the new energy economy and driving renewable energy at the Economic Summit of the States May 20-23 in New York City.

Two years ago, Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Mulligan was concerned the trial courts in his state weren’t addressing environmental sustainability.

So he put together the Trial Court Energy Task Force, better known as the Green Team.

South Carolina’s move to green has been mainly for economic development. The state doesn’t produce any coal, natural gas or oil and must import those resources.

Education expenditures account for a bulk of state spending and school districts across the country are finding ways to save on energy to cut expenses. Eighteen hybrid buses were delivered to school districts across the country earlier this year. Loudoun County Public Schools near Washington, D.C., have saved more than $34.4 million since the district began its energy efficiency program in the 1993–94 school year.

State eNews Issue #45, April 29, 2010

When Congress included $4.73 billion for weatherization projects across the country, many in the states believed that was the ultimate “shovel-ready” project because a federal weatherization program with a funnel to states already existed.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act is based on California law. Under California law, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) is charged with monitoring trends in the supply and consumption of electricity and other forms of energy in the state and analyzing the social, economic, and environmental consequences of those trends.