Check out American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy website
This is its mission:
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We believe that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all its people.
-A news and blog section.
-A State and Local Policy Database with lots of pertinent data regarding policies in place in support of energy efficiency economy. Check out its fabulous map.
An example of policy summary data that could be found on ACEEE’s State and Local Policy Database is for California, ACEEE’s number one ranked state for energy efficiency:
State Government Summary List AllCalifornia
California offers several incentives for energy efficiency investments to schools, industry, residential consumers, and the public sector, as well as PACE financing. The state government leads by example by benchmarking energy usage in state buildings, requiring energy-efficient fleets and buildings, and encouraging the use of energy savings performance contracts. California is one of the few states to adopt a commercial building energy disclosure requirement, as well as a residential multifamily disclosure requirement. The state has several research and development institutions focused on energy efficiency investments.
Financial Incentives List All
Financial incentive information for California is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE California) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, California has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has multiple active programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.
High Performance Incentive Grant: The High Performance Incentive (HPI) grant is a supplemental grant available to districts with projects that have increased costs associated with high performance attributes in school facilities.
The Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan, approved by voters in Proposition 1D (AB 127, 2006), provided $100 million in incentive grants to promote the use of high performance attributes in new construction and modernization projects for K-12 schools. High performance attributes include using designs and materials that promote energy and water efficiency, maximize the use of natural lighting, improve indoor air quality, utilize recycled materials and materials that emit a minimal amount of toxic substances, and employ acoustics that are conducive to teaching and learning.
Energy Partnership Program: The Energy Partnership Program provides grants of up to $20,000 for technical assistance, such as energy audits, feasibility studies, performance specifications, and project design, for cities, counties, special districts, hospitals, public care facilities and colleges/universities.
Bright Schools Program: The Bright Schools Program provides grants of service valued up to $20,000 for technical assistance, such as energy audits, feasibility studies, performance specifications, and professional engineering support services, for LEAs eligible for Proposition 39 funding.
Statewide Energy Efficiency Program: Through this financing program, the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) issues bonds to municipalities, universities, public schools, and hospitals for retrofits and clean energy projects.
California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39): Provides funding to local educational agencies (LEAs) for planning and installing eligible energy measures, such a energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy generation.
California Capital Access Program: California Pollution Control Financing Authority’s (CPCFA) CalCAP provides a loan loss reserve for small business lending. Eligible projects include energy-efficiency retrofits. The program provides an incentive to participating financial institutions to lend to businesses that would not otherwise qualify for a loan.
Energy Conservation Assistance Act – Education Subaccount (ECAA-Ed): Provides 0% revolving loans to finance energy efficiency and renewable projects for local educational agencies (public school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and special schools) and community college districts.
Last Updated: September 2016