June State Policy Update
Summer got off to a quick start for the Building Performance Association’s work on state policy issues. In May and June, we filed comments supporting state energy efficiency programs before the Iowa Utility Board, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the Pennsylvania Utility Commission. We endorsed energy and building code updates with the West Virginia State Fire Marshall and submitted formal written testimony in the Ohio Senate and Ohio House on pending energy legislation. We also supported research on cost-effectiveness reforms in North Carolina.
We worked closely with the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York and petitioned the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to form the Residential Market Advisory Group that met in Latham, NY for the first time on June 17, 2019.
After that first Residential Market meeting, we joined Advanced Energy Economy, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and E4TheFuture in a letter asking the Governor’s Office for specific follow up actions:
- Increasing utility budgets for energy efficiency programs;
- Fast tracking legislation on statewide appliance standards, building code updates, benchmarking, and building energy labeling;
- Expanding support for workforce development, training and certification of highly skilled energy efficiency technicians; and
- Modernizing NY’s cost-effectiveness policies to ensure ratepayer funds are invested in all cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
We will continue to work with state contractor organizations, state allies and national partners on pushing for more funding for energy efficiency and smarter policies that get results. We hope to hear from you about other policy opportunities in your state this summer!