David Terry, NASEO’s Executive Director, and Jeff Genzer, NASEO’s General Counsel, addressed attendees of the Market Transformation Symposium, hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on March 24-26, 2013, to highlight state energy financing programs and discuss the potential for progress on energy efficiency on Capitol Hill.
As a panelist for the session “Capitalizing Efficiency Investments: Is Financing Sufficient?”, Mr. Terry discussed State Energy Office experience operating energy financing programs and engaging in public-private partnerships to leverage greater investment. He highlighted high-performing programs, including the Green Bank of Kentucky, the Colorado Loan Loss Reserve, the Nebraska Dollar and Energy Savings Program, and an On-Bill Recovery Financing Program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), among others. An important characteristic among these and other successful programs, he noted, is their attention not only to creating attractive financing for end-users, but also to embedding the financing in program designs and strategies that effectively tap consumer demand, engage private sector partners, and cater to the specific target market that they are attempting to serve. A copy of Mr. Terry’s presentation is now available.
Mr. Genzer served on the panel titled “Federal Policy Update: What’s the Outlook for Energy Efficiency?” and provided a review of energy efficiency legislation in the current federal political environment. He highlighted the leadership roles that states have taken on to maintain forward momentum on energy efficiency, and discussed the ways that NASEO has engaged legislators to ensure that federal policies, incentives, and regulations best serve state and local needs.