ACEEE Releases 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
The 11th Annual 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) was just released, highlighting which states are doing the best on energy efficiency. The 2017 Scorecard assesses state policies and programs that improve energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, industries, and transportation systems. It examines the six policy areas in which states typically pursue energy efficiency: utility and public benefits programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes and compliance; Combined Heat and Power policies; state government-led energy efficiency initiatives; and appliance and equipment standards.
Massachusetts broke its 2016 tie with California by holding on to the No. 1 ranking, while the Golden State slipped to No. 2. Rhode Island, Vermont, and Oregon round out the top five. Idaho posted the most gains by far in 2017, surging past several mid-ranked states in ACEEE’s comparative index of efficiency policies, best practices, and other metrics. Idaho advanced seven spots, from 33rd to 26th place. The balance of the 10 most-improved states are Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida, Utah, Nevada, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Kentucky. While they show promise, all states have room for improvement.
According to Steven Nadel, executive director, ACEEE, “By pursuing energy efficiency policies, states can save . . .
California is Home to Over 519,000 Clean Energy Jobs
“In every corner of the state, California’s climate action has proven to be a job creator and a big economic boon,”
- Bob Keefe, Executive Director at E2
According to a recent study of every legislative district in the State of California by E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), more than 519,000 Californians now work in clean energy industries, and more than $45 billion in public and private investments have been injected into the state’s economy by California’s climate policies, including its landmark cap-and-trade legislation that reduces pollution while increasing clean energy and energy efficiency.
The analysis is derived from data by both the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as a comprehensive survey of thousands of businesses across California. It includes jobs in industries like energy efficiency, wind and solar. The analysis also details expenditures from the state’s cap-and-trade program, as well as other investments stemming from other California climate policies.
“With $45.5 billion being invested into California, we’ve shown that climate policies strengthen our communities – both environmentally and economically.”
- Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, District 56
The E2 analysis provides an excellent snapshot of California’s thriving clean energy economy, which includes the top counties for clean energy jobs. The top . . .
Prepare for 2017’s new Title 24 regulations
Approximately, every three years, the California Energy Commission (CEC) revisits its energy efficiency standards, augmenting the building code to align with recent technological advancements and the state's new efficiency goals. The commission underwent this process again this year, identifying areas for improvement in both new construction and retrofits for residential and nonresidential properties.
With this most recent set of revisions, the commission is striving toward a pair of new state efficiency targets: achieving net zero energy for new residential construction by 2020 and for new commercial construction by 2030. Referred to as the 2016 version, these standards will go into effect January 1, 2017, which gives contractors just a few months with which to become familiar with the new building requirements.
Before we dive into what's new for the 2016 Standards, let's take a step back and review the overall goal of these standards.
What is Title 24, Part 6?
Title 24, Part 6, is the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards which exists to conserve electricity and natural gas consumption throughout the state. Among the many benefits of reduced consumption, Title 24, Part 6 specifically seeks to prevent the state from having to build additional power plants to supply unchecked demand, according to the CEC. To manage consumption, Title 24, Part . . .