Best state-led energy efficiency programs

Published 09/16 2010 06:44AM

Updated 10/03 2014 07:07AM

From Green Right Now Reports

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy announced the first-ever awards initiative for exceptional state-led energy efficiency programs.  A total of 18 top programs from 14 states were recognized by ACEEE.

The top five award-winning programs are:

1. Colorado Governor’s Energy Office:  Colorado ENERGY STAR New Homes Program

2. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority: Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Demonstration Program

3. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority: Wastewater Efficiency Program

4. Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism: Lead by Example Program

5. Maryland Energy Administration: Maryland Statewide Farm Energy Audit Program

The panel also selected 10 programs for honorable mentions, and three “emerging” programs.  (See full list below.)

For the “States Stepping Forward: Best Practices for State-Led Energy Efficiency Programs” awards, ACEEE accepted nominations from programs administered by state institutions and an expert panel then examined the field of nominations. The five winners come from different regions of the country and represent exemplary models for energy efficiency program implementation. The programs reach broadly across the economy including residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, agricultural, and transportation sectors.

In addition to the top five recognized programs, ACEEE also drew attention to the following state-level initiatives:


1. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation:  Home Energy Rebate Program

2. Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management: Connecticut Home Energy Solutions Joint Program

3. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources: Home Energy Rebate Option

4. Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources: Farm Energy Program

5. Minnesota Department of Administration and the Department of Commerce: Minnesota Portfolio of Sustainable Public Building Programs

6. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency:  Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program

7. NYSERDA: New York State Energy $mart(SM) Commercial Lighting Program

8. South Carolina Energy Office and the South Carolina Department of Revenue: South Carolina Manufactured Housing Tax Credit

9. The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources: Texas Industries of the Future

10. Washington State University Extension Energy Program:  WSU Energy Services Industrial Program


1. California Air Resources Board and CALSTART:  California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)

2. Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development:  Chapter 40R / Smart Growth Zoning Overlay Districts

3. New Jersey Clean Energy Program:  New Jersey Pay for Performance

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  • Read the full ACEEE report and to review the complete listing of the state energy-efficiency programs in all three award categories, visit:

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