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Governors Association Issues Report on Alternative Energy



The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has issued a new report, Recent State Actions Promoting Alternative Energy. The report reviews state energy programs to identify best practices in promoting, administering, financing, and implementing clean energy policies.


By CP Editorial Staff   Green

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has issued a new report, Recent State Actions Promoting Alternative Energy. The report reviews state energy programs to identify best practices in promoting, administering, financing, and implementing clean energy policies.

Given recent energy price unpredictability and anticipated longer-term growth in energy demand, states are seeking to conserve energy resources while diversifying supplies by expanding renewable resources, including energy generated from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass. Besides providing protection against price volatility, these efforts also can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The NGA reviewed state energy programs to identify the ways states promote, administer, finance and implement state energy efficiency and renewable energy policies. This report describes a number of state energy programs, and includes case studies of six states.

Despite diverse climates, geography, and energy resources, governors of these and other states use a number of common tools and approaches when implementing energy policy, including:

*  setting renewable portfolio standards
*  establishing renewable fuels standards for transportation and heating fuels
*  setting standards for energy use by government (e.g., buildings and fleets)
*  establishing financing mechanisms for advanced energy programs
*  measuring and monitoring energy savings and environmental benefits
*  implementing comprehensive state energy plans that combine many of the above elements.   

For more information and to download a copy of the report, visit www.nga.org.


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