Best Practices – Policies to Achieve Energy Efficiency
Nancy Wasserman of Sleeping Lion Consulting collaborated with Chris Neme of Energy Futures Group to create a summary of the most effective policies than can be adopted by local to national governments to promote energy efficiency. The Manual, published by the Regulatory Assistance Program identifies foundational mechanisms, implementation mechanisms, and supporting mechanisms. The foundational mechanisms include Integrated Resource Planning, standards, and market design, while the supporting and pricing mechanisms feature structures for programs, funding, information and labeling, tax policy, R&D and training. The paper describes how each policy mechanism operates, assesses its likely effectiveness, and identifies best practices. The paper also identifies jurisdictions that have successfully applied the policies described.