Six Efficiency Recommendations for Virginia to Advance in ACEEE Rankings

Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

The Energy Collective, July 29, 2014

A recent assessment of statewide energy efficiency initiatives by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranked Virginia 36th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia (see map below).  So it’s no surprise there’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use… until now.

The Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition crafted six priority recommendations backed up by several others designed to empower virtually all electricity and natural gas users to better manage how they use energy and, in the process, save money. In the second of my series about how clean energy advocates in Virginia envision a more sustainable energy future – and industry – for Virginia, this assessment focuses solely on energy efficiency. The first in this series focused on renewable energy. You can find that one here.

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