Some aspects of energy efficiency policy, such as appliance standards, have long been driven from the top-down by national policies. Other aspects such as Building Energy Codes have national models but are only recently being strongly driven by national policy. Yet other policies that have a long history of success at the state level, such as Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards, have not been mandated at the national level but have been proposed. National energy policy is quickly becoming an important driver of energy efficiency in the Midwest region and throughout the country.
MEEA's regional policy focus does not directly involve us in national-level work most of the time. Instead we rely on our allies at numerous national energy efficiency organizations to keep us informed of national policy activities and opportunities for involvement like public comments and sign-on letters, or national advocate meetings and campaigns.
National Energy Efficiency Policy Allies
Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)
www.ase.org • The Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy. We encourage business, government, environmental and consumer leaders to use energy efficiency as a means to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.
Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP)
www.bcap-online.org • BCAP is a nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes the adoption, implementation and advancement of building energy codes on the state, local, and international levels. BCAP is a project of the Alliance to Save Energy.
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
www.aceee.org • The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.
Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
www.cee1.org • CEE is a consortium of efficiency program administrators from across the U.S. and Canada who work together on common approaches to advancing efficiency. Through joining forces, the individual efficiency programs of CEE are able to partner not only with each other, but with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. By working together at CEE, administrators leverage the effect of their funding dollars, exchange information on effective practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.
Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
www.raponline.org • RAP is a global, non-profit team of experts focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, providing assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues.