Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans: The Best Recipe for Clean Air


A new tool by ACEEE may provide the secret ingredient for achieving emissions reductions that can appeal to even the most finicky tastes.

Energy efficiency has repeatedly been touted as the least-cost, most rapidly deployable mechanism for reducing energy consumption and improving air quality. Twenty-six states already have in place some form of energy efficiency standard. Additionally, there’s a whole menu of utility programs, tax incentives, and government policies, all boosting energy efficiency at the national, regional, state, and local levels.

Despite the prevalence of this vital ingredient for improving air quality, however, relatively few jurisdictions have successfully implemented energy efficiency policies into their recipes for satisfying National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

This fact represents an apparent disconnect. EPA has endorsed efficiency many times as a resource for improving air quality, publishing various forms of guidance detailing all the steps necessary to incorporate these policies into air quality planning and quantify their emissions benefits. Based on EPA’s Roadmap for Incorporating Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Policies and Programs into State and Tribal Implementation Plans, the ACEEE state implementation plans (SIP) template tool expands on the head chef’s recipe by clarifying and condensing this guidance, and encouraging states to include efficiency as an ingredient in their air quality planning…

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