In recent years, efficiency has become a cornerstone of energy policy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, with states increasingly seeing the value of pursuing energy efficiency as a least-cost resource that delivers a myriad of proven economic, environmental and social benefits. Despite these gains, on-going changes in executive, regulatory and legislative leadership and ideological attacks from clean energy opponents call for a sustained effort to highlight the value of efficiency for policymakers, thought-leaders and the public alike.
NEEP's Policy Outreach & Analysis team supports states in their efforts to adopt and implement strategies that advance the efficient use of all types of energy in buildings and industry. Efficiency resources have the power to help states meet aggressive clean air and climate goals and can also mitigate electricity price spikes related to constraints in the natural gas supply. As states look to modernize their electricity grids — increasing resiliency, facilitating greater information availability and customer participation, and integrating renewable and other distributed generation resources — NEEP sees a clear role for robust and evolving energy efficiency policies and programs.