Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Review Your State's Energy Management Programs

The Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), which works to reduce the cost and environmental impact of the federal government, recently released its state-by-state assessment of current energy management programs. The report details state energy management programs, including:

Public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs, which are administered either by utilities, state agencies or other third parties. These programs generally help fund conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs.
Utility energy efficiency programs, which are administered by local utilities to help improve infrastructure through financial, technological, and operational solutions that meet specific criteria.
• Load management/demand response options, which provide incentives to curtail demand and reduce load during peak periods in response to system reliability or market conditions.
Distributed energy resource options, which include programs that provide incentives for renewable distributed generation.
Energy efficiency programs sponsored by the state government, which generally include research, development, and demonstration programs such as those offered by California's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.
• Any additional opportunities, including area-wide contracts with GSA and, by extension, all other federal agencies.

For detailed information about specific state programs, visit the Energy-Efficiency Funds and Demand Response Programs and click on your state. In addition to programs, each brief details participating utilities and program partners.

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