NASEO Energy Efficiency Pathway Templates

State Tool for Recognizing Energy Efficiency's Air Quality Benefits

Energy efficiency (EE) programs—state, local, and voluntary as well as utility initiatives—deliver multiple benefits to states, communities, companies, and households. Cost savings, enhanced energy reliability and security, and improved building quality and performance are among these benefits. And there are environmental benefits too, including reduced pollutant emissions that can help states achieve air quality goals.

The NASEO Energy Efficiency Pathway Templates, developed with U.S. Department of Energy support, are designed to help State Energy Offices engage state air quality regulators on opportunities for EE programs to help states attain air quality management objectives, such as meeting National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), Regional Haze Rule requirements, and state and local greenhouse gas targets.

Completed NASEO Energy Efficiency Pathway Templates summarize key facts and features of EE programs and policies. These include discussions of program goals, authorities, funding, and implementation. The templates discuss issues of quantifying energy savings and avoided emissions, and how EE-derived emissions reduction and prevention can be useful to air quality managers for planning and projection purposes or for formal regulatory crediting.

The intent of the templates is to promote dialogue among State Energy Offices, environmental agencies, and other relevant bodies on potential roles for EE to support air quality management objectives. 

NASEO has created several “blank” templates and filled in three samples based on state programs.  These include:

NASEO plans to develop an additional sample for city-/local-led energy efficiency initiatives. The existing “blank” templates can also be adapted for other EE program and policy types.

The templates also include links to additional resources that are useful for describing EE program opportunities, potential energy savings, savings and emissions quantification, and air quality regulatory consideration.

NASEO has a long history of working to recognize air quality benefits of energy efficiency, including through the “3Ns” series of dialogues with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). NASEO continues its cooperation with these and other associations and stakeholders on these topics.

NASEO is available to help State Energy Offices with these templates and, more broadly, to work with their state air quality colleagues on energy-air quality topics. If you have questions, comments, or need assistance in this area, please contact NASEO Senior Program Director, Rodney Sobin (rsobin@naseo.org 703-299-8800).

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