Experts often tout government policies as an important component of implementing energy efficiency. But, critics argue that such issues should not be subject to government regulation and should instead evolve out of the capitalistic market. Clean energy is spreading rapidly across the county, but what encourages such improvements?
Florida and Maine are the latest recipients of the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Through this program, states can implement programs that lower energy use, reduce carbon pollution, and create green jobs locally.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a 50-state ranking of energy efficiency policies, programs, and practices.
The US Department of Energy has released a second wave of millions in stimulus funding aimed at helping low and middle-income families, across 13 states, save money on energy bills.
Five states and one US territory are receiving over $141 million in federal economic stimulus funds for state-based renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. It's just part of the $3.1 billion allocated to State Energy Programs (SEPs) under the Recovery Act.