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States pick up the slack in efficiency policy as federal government lags

With climate change deniers setting policy in Trump Administration, progress continues in statehouses.

January 06, 2020 |

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Despite little action on energy efficiency at the federal level, many states forged ahead with significant policy initiatives in 2019. Among these:

· Washington, Colorado, and Hawaii adopted expanded energy and water efficiency standards, including for faucets, commercial kitchen equipment, and computers.

· Missouri approved efficiency programs that will help renters and owners of affordable multifamily housing cut costs and energy waste.

· New Jersey began implementing groundbreaking efficiency legislation to ensure its utilities invest in all cost-effective energy efficiency.

· New York adopted the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act setting a path to net-zero emissions (with efficiency playing a major role).

· California adopted a new framework to launch innovative market transformation ideas to get more efficient products onto store shelves, providing a boost for those improved technologies to potentially become the norm nationally.

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