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NEEP is pleased to announce the third-annual Regional Roundup of Energy Efficiency Policy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. The Roundup is intended to give policymakers, program administrators, advocates, and other stakeholders a comparative view of building energy efficiency progress across the region in 2013.
It provides summary and analysis of some of the biggest successes and setbacks in states from Maine to Maryland — including significant energy efficiency legislation, regulatory developments, and changes in funding levels for energy efficiency programs.
NEEP likes to think of the states as runners along a racecourse — a course where advances in technologies, programs and policies mean there is always further to go — and where states that aren’t moving forward are falling behind their neighbors.
Check out the Report Summary for the Roundup summary.
Still in the Starting Blocks: Delaware: Delaware is poised for real progress if the legislature passes a bill that could create a sustainable funding mechanism, and allow Delmarva Power to begin directly providing efficiency programs for their customers.
Falling Behind: New Hampshire and New Jersey: New Hampshire and New Jersey’s energy efficiency programs continue to lag in comparison with other states around the region. Policymakers in New Hampshire are exploring new policy commitments to energy efficiency, but similar efforts in years past have not produced tangible results. New Jersey struggles to improve its performance as a result of Governor Christie’s diversion of efficiency funding to the general budget, with total funds raided amounting to about $1 billion over four years.
Keeping Pace: Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia: The Keystone State continues with modest efficiency savings, and Washington, D.C. is making important strides with its efficiency and economic development program portfolio.
Moving Ahead: Maine and Maryland: In 2013, Maine set the stage for a significant ramp-up in efficiency investments, and made progress on thermal efficiency needs with proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Maryland’s program administrators made significant progress on savings goals, and state policymakers are currently working to refresh the state’s energy efficiency policy.
Leading the Pack: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont: These states show robust and sustained support for energy efficiency program funding and are implementing policy and program innovations like building energy rating, new financing tools, improved program tracking and coordination, and evolving regulatory frameworks.