State Initiatives

These blog posts will introduce you to the state codes and requirements pertaining to energy efficiency legislation.

California Prepares to Implement Cap and Trade

Fri, 2010-12-24 16:52

Following the successful defeat of Proposition 23, California’s Air Resource Board recently finalized implementation rules for AB 32, the states cap and trade law. Once implemented in 2012, California will become the first state in the nation to regulate its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program will set an economy-wide cap, covering about 80% of the state’s emissions, in an effort to cut emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. To ease the transition into carbon regulation, the state will give all large industry emitters free emission allowances through 2014.

NYSERDA Provides Reimbursement to Area Residents of New York

Wed, 2010-12-15 10:32

Residents of New York may qualify for reimbursement for industry certification exams through multiple grant programs through NYSERDA. NYSERDA will provide partial reimbursement to individuals upon successful completion of several nationally recognized credentials. Programs eligible for partial reimbursement include:

  • BPI Building Analyst
  • BPI Envelope Professional 
  • BPI Infiltration & Duct Leakage
  • NABCEP PV Installation Professional

To apply for this program, applicants must qualify by presenting:

New York and Kentucky Energy and Efficiency Updates

Thu, 2010-12-02 10:40

With little action at the federal level last week given the Thanksgiving break, we are highlighting positive stories from around the country.

New York On-Bill Financing

North Carolina, National Leader in Solar Energy

Wed, 2010-10-27 10:36

North Carolina continues to be a national leader in solar energy, while becoming more energy efficient. Two national organizations recently released their latest rankings on solar energy jobs and energy efficiency, which include positive information about North Carolina.

Florida Suspends HVAC Rebate Program

Tue, 2010-09-21 17:14

The Florida Energy and Climate Commission regrettably suspended its new HVAC rebate program last week due to an unresolved dispute over funding. The funding issue is centered on whether the state can spend federal funding for the rebate program prior to state budget approval. Florida's budget was finalized in May but did not include the federal appliance rebate money which had not arrived until August.

New York and the Green Taxi Act

Wed, 2010-07-28 06:48

New York City Fuel Efficient TaxiNew York City has an innovative program to improve its ground level air quality by improving the fuel efficiency of the city's 10,000+ taxi fleet. Since New York's Taxis generally run 16-24 hours per day even a small improvement in miles per gallon would have a great impact.

CalGreen vs. LEED: California's Response to the Challenges of its Green Building Code

Mon, 2010-01-18 17:09
Last post I discussed California’s new CalGreen building code standard and how that might interact with LEED, Build It Green and other green building standards.  Since the USGBC, among others, has been critical of the CalGreen approach, the California governor’s office has fired back with criticisms of its own.  Here I’ll lay out their four main points supporting CalGreen:


CalGreen: California Adopts Mandatory Green Building Code

Thu, 2010-01-14 18:47

Congrats to California for creating the nation’s first statewide green building code. The code mandates water efficiency (20% minimum reduction), mandates the recycling of construction waste, cuts back on polluting materials, and steps up enforcement of energy efficiency in new homes, schools, hospitals, and commercial buildings statewide.