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EPA and DOE Join States to Speed Energy Efficiency Progress in the United States 
 
 

As part of the Obama Administration’s  commitment to increasing energy efficiency and reducing costs, the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)  announced today the creation of the State Energy Efficiency (SEE) Action  Network.  This network is meant to help states achieve maximum cost  effective energy efficiency improvements in homes, offices, buildings and  industry by 2020. Strengthening energy efficiency initiatives across the  country helps to save money and protect the environment at the same  time.
 
“In the clean energy future, energy efficiency is action  number one.  We can cut greenhouse gases and protect our environment at  the same time we save money for homeowners, schools and businesses,” said EPA  Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “With strong federal support, our state  partners can realize these benefits even faster than expected and move  aggressively into a clean, affordable energy future.”
 
“Expanding  energy efficiency is one of the quickest, most cost-effective ways we can  address climate change and grow America’s economy,” said Energy Secretary  Steven Chu. “The State Energy Efficiency Action Network will help provide  states with the technical and policy support they need to invest in energy  efficiency, saving energy and money for families and businesses across the  country.”
 
 The SEE Action Network will be led by DOE and  EPA. Through the network, DOE, EPA and other member organizations will assist  states with their energy efficiency initiatives, including residential  efficiency programs, financing solutions, and improving availability of energy  usage information.  It will address the full range of challenges to  implementation by providing targeted technical assistance to states in order  to reach ambitious national energy goals to greatly improve our nation’s  economy and environment.
 
The SEE Action Network will drive energy  efficiency by using a broad set of goals developed in the National Action Plan  for Energy Efficiency, but will strive to reach these goals five years earlier  than originally envisioned.  These goals range from establishing  state-of-the art billing systems that provide consumers with consistent  information on their energy use and costs to developing strong state policies  to ensure robust energy efficiency practices.
 
The new SEE Action  Executive Group will meet for the first time in early March. A number of  working groups will continue to meet throughout the year to deliver results on  specific goals. 
 
The National Action Plan for Energy  Efficiency is a public-private initiative that began in the fall of 2005 to  create a sustainable, aggressive national commitment to energy efficiency  through collaborative efforts of gas and electric utilities, utility  regulators, state agencies and other partner organizations.
 
More  information on the SEE Action Network: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/seeaction/index.html
 
More  information on reports and tools for states advancing energy efficiency: http://www.epa.gov/eeactionplan