Governors have been coming together to help the United States increase energy efficiency goals. They hope by showing energy leadership in their individual states, they will be able to enact real change in the energy consumption of the United States. The governors of the National Governors Association have published a booklet with this end in mind, “An Energy Efficiency Primer for Governors.” This publication details how the states hope to promote certain programs that help economic development, but at the same time keep the impact on the environment down. It also describes how states plan to reduce state energy expenditures, reduce energy costs, and use groundbreaking technology to defer new construction of infrastructure and power plants.
Energy saving is a common goal among the states. They have made new rules, regulations, and standards that they hope will advance the energy efficiency of both buildings and appliances. These very elemental steps should help consumers lower their energy costs.
Some states also feel that by improving energy efficiency rules and standards they can save energy and money. These states will do this by analyzing the state’s energy needs, determine how to best meet these needs, give the greatest priority to best practices, and see how policies can be implemented to meet these needs. They hope by taking these steps the states can grow economically while still keeping energy needs down.
Private sector investing is very important in getting the funds necessary to advance energy efficiency. States are now promoting this type of investing by promoting this type of investment and making it more attractive to private individuals.
IT or information technology is extremely important in energy efficiency. States are promoting timely and highly developed data gathering which will provide the information necessary to make informed decisions as to what the states next steps in their energy plans should be.
Incentives to utilities are another important part of a state’s energy saving plan. Sometimes new infrastructure is required for long-term energy efficiency. Utilities are more likely to invest in a new and more efficient infrastructure if there is enough economic justification.
Education is at the forefront of what is needed to provide the best possible scenario for future energy efficiency. State support for college and university research programs has increased as these programs provide the answers for the future. State support of private sector research has also increased.
Combined all of these state promotions of energy saving and energy efficiency will benefit the consumer by making their energy costs lower. Hopefully, with more money in their pockets the consumer will then use their excess finances to buy more goods and services. This will optimally push economic growth upward.
Energy efficiency is valuable in more ways that are not so easily discernible. Of course, the lowering of costs is the most visible positive effect. A lessened need for new infrastructure, fossil fuel emissions, use of valuable water resources for cooling are all benefits of increased energy efficiency.
The need for energy efficiency is one of the most important and beneficial tasks our states face today. The information presented here is located at http://www.nga.org/.