The ENERGY STAR Task Force was announced at the 2016 Energy Policy Outlook Conference. The Task Force, a partnership between NASEO and EPA, will work with NASEO State and Affiliate Members to develop policy and programmatic recommendations, resources, and best practices to be shared through the broader Buildings Committee and NASEO membership at-large. The Task Force will deploy ENERGY STAR resources and program models to accelerate state-wide efficiency efforts targeting state-owned buildings and key markets such as K-12 schools, commercial, industrial, and multifamily sectors.  Additionally, State Energy Offices will work with EPA and NASEO to leverage ENERGY STAR in ongoing activities such as state energy planning, state-wide benchmarking programs, and efforts to streamline access to building energy data. In addition, the Task Force will make recommendations on the States’ specific needs for tailored ENERGY STAR education, training, and recognition activities.

Participation in The ENERGY STAR Task Force is open to all NASEO State and Affiliate Members. If you would like to get involved, please contact Ed Carley at NASEO. The current list of participants includes:

State Members

  • Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Energy Division

  • Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Office of Energy Programs

  • Indiana Office of Energy Development

  • Florida Office of Energy

  • Colorado Energy Office

  • Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, Energy Resources Division

  • Utah Office of Energy Development

  • Rhode Island Offices of Energy Resources

  • Illinois Energy and Recycling Office

  • Mississippi Development Authority, Energy and Natural Resources Division

  • Michigan Agency for Energy

Affiliate Members

  • Bosch

  • Cadmus

  • Schneider Electric

  • Johnson Controls

  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association

ENERGY STAR Update for K-12 Efficiency

On January 18, 2018, NASEO hosted an ENERGY STAR Update for K-12 Efficiency Webinar with Katy Hatcher, ENERGY STAR National Manager, Public Sector, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dub Taylor, Director, Texas State Energy Conservation Office, and Saleem Khan, President, Texas Energy Engineering Services, Inc. The webinar provided an overview of updates to the ENERGY STAR program, as well as case studies of how ENERGY STAR can be leveraged to improve the efficiency of K-12 schools in partnership with programs operated by State Energy Offices. A recording of the webinar can be found at this link, and the presentation slide deck is available here.

The resources referenced in the webinar can be found below:

ENERGY STAR Tools for Statewide K-12 Efficiency Programs

On July 14, 2016, NASEO hosted the the fourth installment of a five-part webinar series to educate State Energy Offices on the availability and benefits of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Program. This webinar showcased best practices that have worked for Kentucky to establish and maintain a robust state-wide K-12 school energy efficiency program using ENERGY STAR tools and resources.

This webinar also showcased the Kentucky School Energy Managers Program (SEMP) and its success to save Kentucky Schools Districts more than $68 million in cumulative avoided utility costs. The program was initiated through a partnership between the State Energy Office and Kentucky School Boards Association. SEMP has helped to certify 22 percent of all K-12 schools in the commonwealth as ENERGY STAR and the program’s long-term sustainability is supported by utility demand-side management programs.

You can find a recorded copy of the webinar here.

Successful Statewide Benchmarking Programs

On May 19, 2016, NASEO hosted the third installment of a five-part webinar series to inform State Energy Offices on the availability and benefits of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR Program. This webinar highlighted best practices for establishing and implementing statewide benchmarking programs.

The first step to managing energy use is measuring it. To measure, you need an effective benchmarking program. This webinar featured two NASEO members, Alabama and the District of Columbia, that have managed highly successful benchmarking initiatives with very impressive results. Both programs have used ENERGY STAR resources to enhance their overall savings and impact. Participants learned what has worked for them and what may work for you to establish or improve your benchmarking initiatives and programs.

Presenters for the webinar included Mashall Duer-Balkind, Program Analyst for the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and Liz Cochran, Energy Education at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

You can find a recorded copy of the webinar here.

Engaging Target Markets with ENERGY STAR

On April 21, 2016, the NASEO ENERGY STAR Task Force hosted the second in a series of five webinars.

The webinar focused on how State Energy Offices could engage key target-markets using the ENERGY STAR Program and resources. Guest presenters on the webinar provided innovative, successful, replicable, examples of how this has been accomplished.

Cheri Holman, Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan, discussed how the Michigan Battle of the Buildings has been instrumental in engaging the commercial building sector. Marty Lanning, of Energent Solutions, reviewed the Ohio Energy Cup which has been making progress with hospitals across the state.

You can find a recorded copy of the webinar here.

Introduction to ENERGY STAR Webinar Recording Available

On March 10th NASEO organized a webinar for State Energy Office and Affiliate Members on the basics of EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. The event was part of NASEO’s broader efforts in this area including the creation of the Building Committee’s ENERGY STAR Task Force in partnership with EPA.

The webinar covered topics that ranged from how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to manage benchmarking data to increasing the number of ENERGY STAR buildings in your state to leveraging EPA’s off-the-shelf resources.

You can find a recorded copy of the webinar here.

NASEO’s ENERGY STAR Task Force has also developed a webpage that features state and regional resources on ENERGY STAR and target markets, such as K-12. The webinar series will continue with these featured events:

  • Webinar: ENERGY STAR Tools for State-wide K-12 Efficiency Programs (June 16, 2016, 3:00pm ET)
  • Webinar: Leveraging Local Benchmarking Programs and Improving Energy Data Access (July 14, 2016, 3:00pm ET)

NASEO Task Force Contact: Ed Carley