Ten Trends to Track: State Policy Innovations to Advance Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Governors’ Association (July 30, 2012). This issue brief discusses new ways to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The brief includes recommendations on the redesign of utility procedures to create incentives for efficiency, the facilitation of a market demand for efficiency, the removal of barriers to residential solar power, and the initiation of energy innovations in state government. The issue brief is based on a longer white paper.
Clean and Secure State Energy Actions: 2010 Update, National Governors Association (Sept. 8, 2010). This report finds that every state and territory is working to advance clean energy measures, whether through renewable energy or energy efficiency programs, promotion of alternative fuels, or other means. The report examines seven categories of "clean energy activities" in all 50 states, as well as territories and commonwealths. According to the report, 49 states have adopted or updated policies relating to electricity generation, 47 states took action to expand their energy efficiency measures, and 39 states have developed policies and made investments to advance "green economic development."
EPA Releases Clean Energy Financing Program Resources, Environmental Protection Agency (Jan. 12, 2012). EPA has developed a Financing Program Decision Tool designed to help state and local government officials identify clean energy financing programs suited to the needs of their district and available resources. The tool helps users select the best program from options including: rebates, revolving loans, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), credit-enhanced private loans, and others. The agency also released an accompanying Financing Programs Decision Guide that addresses issues and considerations for getting started with and choosing a clean energy financing program.
Comprehensive State Energy Profiles with Detailed Data for Each State, U.S. Energy Information Administration. This website includes profiles of individual states and U.S. territories that present key facts and statistics about energy markets and industries. Features of the state energy profiles include Energy Maps displaying state energy infrastructure and renewable energy potential; Quick Facts on the most important state energy information; Written Overviews explaining how fossil fuels, renewables, and alternative energy sources affect each state’s energy markets; and Data Tables containing current state-level statistics from EIA surveys. The website also includes state rankings, links to specific web pages on which EIA’s detailed data and time series can be found, and a State Data Directory that provides comprehensive lists by subject of EIA’s State-level information.
State Energy Data System (SEDS) – Consumption, Price, and Expenditure Estimates by State, U.S. Energy Information Administration. SEDS is a comprehensive data set consisting of annual time series estimates of state-level energy use by major economic sectors, energy production and state-level energy price and expenditure data. Data are presented in physical units, British thermal units (BTUs), and dollars.
2010 Iowa Energy Independence Plan, Iowa Office of Energy Independence. The annual state energy independence plan presents recommended targets and actions to meet the long-term goals of optimizing energy use in Iowa, fully developing the state’s renewable energy potential, and maximizing the development and use of economically and environmentally sustainable low carbon fuels. The plan is submitted to the governor and members of the general assembly annually on December 14.