The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) notes that the Obama’s environmental legacy will likely be shaped by energy efficiency initiatives that fly under the radar instead of the policy decisions on the Keystone XL pipeline. NEEP’s blog post points out that energy efficiency initiatives, though lacking the media attention and glamour of solar or wind projects, will be instrumental and vital towards reducing the USA’s GHG emissions. NEEP calls out Massachusetts for investing heavily in energy efficiency and being a regional leader for energy conservation. The state’s Green Communities Act will result in 3.6 Terawatt-hours in reduced energy consumption. Additionally, federal appliance standards will continue to reduce energy usage on a national level. National, state, and local energy efficiency initiatives have the ability to reduce energy consumption, spur economic growth, and create jobs.