The governors of states have recently banded together in an effort to help the United States become more energy efficient. They hope by providing the framework to advance energy efficiency they will be able to enable the United States to overcome its great dependency on using more and more energy. The National Governors Association has released a publication entitled “An Energy Efficiency Primer for Governors.” The National Governors Association illustrates how the states plan to help increase efficiency by improving energy efficiency rules and standards in this publication, and details how they plan to do so.
The publication also states specific guidelines on how the states plan to promote economic development, reduce energy expenditures at the state level, and use new technology to show the states and the utilities what infrastructure needs to be improved or built. Energy saving is an idea that all the states can get behind.
The energy savings planned by the states are not just to lower or reduce energy costs. There is a finite amount of natural resources available; by saving energy the states hope to help the environment. For example, less reliance on fossil fuels reduces emissions and lowers the amount of water needed to cool certain energy processes. These things are good for the environment.
Increased funding for private research and research by colleges and universities is also being implemented by the states. These research programs are vital in devising new, more efficient ways to use, make, and distribute the energy this country runs on.
Changes in standards, regulations, and rules for new buildings and appliances are an immediate part of the energy efficiency puzzle. These changes not only help consumers lower their energy costs, but they also mean consumers will have more of their paycheck available for purchasing goods and services; this will help the economy.
States are using new technology to find out where new infrastructure is needed, and how the old infrastructure can be used most efficiently. This technology requires sophisticated data gathering and the states are promoting this with funding and grants. Giving utilities incentives to use this data effectively to increase energy efficiency is another part of the governor’s energy efficiency plan.
All of this takes money; grants and government money only goes so far. Private sector investing is an integral important part of improving the individual states efficient use of energy. The states are making this type of investing look better to private investors, and in some cases, the states even facilitate the private sector investments by providing innovative financing and repayment options for these investors.
The governors feel that by implementing all of these changes, real energy efficiency can be accomplished state by state. States are also focusing on how to prioritize their energy needs, and by changing standards, rules, and regulations they can focus on promoting best practices.
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