Most energy efficiency advancements are created, mandated, implemented, or enforced through policy mechanisms at varying levels. As such, SEEA is committed to supporting the advancement of energy efficiency policy across the Southeast.
The goal of SEEA’s Energy Efficiency Policy Team is to provide Southeastern decisionmakers–including utilities, local governments, state agencies, and other organizations–with the resources and support they need to make educated and informed decisions on energy efficiency policies. SEEA provides relevant and timely information about energy efficiency developments in the region and nationally, convenes energy efficiency stakeholders around key issues, and acts as a technical advisor when questions arise. By collaborating and building partnerships with stakeholders from all segments of the energy efficiency community, SEEA facilitates the sharing of best practices and lessons learned to advance the region’s understanding of existing and emerging issues in energy efficiency.
SEEA serves as a resource to state energy offices, public service commissions, environmental agencies, and other state-based stakeholders, providing technical expertise on priority issue areas within our states. SEEA also engages at the state level with specific project work.
In the Southeast, local jurisdictions are centers of innovation in the energy efficiency space. SEEA continues to assess opportunities to support further deployment of energy savings through local partnerships and collaboration with groups like the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN).
Utilities often face challenges in developing successful programs and deploying energy efficiency as a system resource. SEEA actively engages with utilities across the Southeast to support and facilitate industry discussions on key issues of focus, including program design and regulatory tools to support energy efficiency within the utility business model.
SEEA also provides technical expertise and regional perspective through its participation in utility stakeholder forums in the region. These include the Southern Company Stakeholder Forum, TVA Energy Efficiency Information Exchange, Georgia Power Demand Side Management Working Group, Dominion Virginia Power Management Working Group and Integrated Resource Planning Stakeholder Discussions, Arkansas Parties Working Collaboratively, and the Duke Energy Carolinas Collaborative.
Energy Efficiency Policy Research and Reports
Utility-Administered Low-Income Programs in the Southeast
Energy Efficiency Goal Setting in the Southeast
Summary of Mississippi’s Quick Start Energy Efficiency Programs
Energy Efficiency Policy
SEEA’s policy work focuses on state, local and utility policy for the purpose of advancing energy efficiency progress and opportunities across the region.
SEEA’s work with residential, commercial and industrial buildings addresses building energy codes and their impact on building resilience, health, comfort and affordability.
Energy Efficient Transportation
SEEA’s efforts to advance energy efficient transportation address policy, programs, outreach, charging infrastructure, and technical assistance.
SEEA’s pool of legacy ARRA funds are currently invested in five community projects that were selected for their potential to deliver significant energy efficiency gains.