New ‘Compendium of Best U.S. Practices' in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Aims to Drive Deployment Worldwide

Report is a Joint Project of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, Alliance to Save Energy, American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, D.C., May 20, 2010 - Three leading energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations - the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP, an international body), the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) - have jointly released their Compendium of Best Practices: Sharing Local and State Successes in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from the United States, in which state and local governments share the key elements of their programs, lessons learned and what made each program a success.

The new report describes more than 20 practices and their effective implementation by states or cities across the United States. It is designed to share successful program and policy models that can be easily replicated around the country, as well as adapted for implementation in emerging markets. The compendium's overviews, insights, lessons learned and best practices were selected by a panel of U.S., Indian and Chinese energy experts.

The compendium highlights policies, financing mechanisms and other initiatives that have successfully created favorable market conditions for energy efficiency and renewable energy. The examples also were selected based on the relative ease with which they can be replicated and implemented, the ability to measure energy savings and to offset the need for conventional energy and because they are cost effective, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.

"This well-researched compendium takes the best practices from the sub-national level in the United States and presents them in a clear format that makes the lessons learned easy to understand and to digest," said REEEP Director General Marianne Osterkorn. "We're proud to support this kind of collaborative effort between developed countries and emerging markets."

"In the United States, innovative programs and policies that are building a new energy economy are the hallmark of municipal, state and regional governments," said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. "The compendium details the very best of these U.S. sub-national policies for advancing renewable energy and efficiency and should be viewed as a ‘how to' guide for policy makers across this nation and around the world."

"It is our hope that the compendium will offer replicable examples in renewable energy and energy efficiency as the international community works together to lay a foundation for a new, sustainable and prosperous clean energy future," said ACORE President Michael Eckhart.

This report is made possible in part by the generous support of the U.S. government through the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. The contents are the responsibility of REEEP, the Alliance to Save Energy and ACORE and do not necessarily reflect the views of any of the APP partner countries.

"We hope that this Compendium of Best Practices from the United States, and future reciprocal reports from other nations, will promote the sharing of best practices by local, state and national governments and will result in the accelerated adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy worldwide," said Griff Thompson of the U.S. Department of State.

The full report can be downloaded at

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