State Public Utility Commissions Have Tools to Promote Energy Efficiency, New Study Shows
New York, Aug. 14, 2012—State public utility commissions (PUCs) could make major progress toward achieving energy efficiency if they were to utilize the tools available to them, according to a study released today by Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law.
The report, “Public Utilities Commissions & Energy Efficiency: A Handbook of Legal & Regulatory Tools for Commissioners and Advocates,” examines the range of legal and regulatory tools that state PUCs have to promote energy efficiency. It draws from a broad and deep body of literature on the topic, an examination of relevant state laws and regulations, and interviews with experts in the private and public sectors.
- setting energy efficiency targets
- aligning utility incentives with energy efficiency goals
- financing energy efficiency
- resource planning
- demand response policies
- incorporating energy efficiency into state environmental policy act and siting procedures