Energy 2030 City and State Survey
The Alliance is building a new initiative called Energy 2030 On the Road: A State and Local Campaign that will launch in May 2014. The purpose of this campaign is to build awareness of the Energy 2030 policy recommendations and goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. In order to design a roadmap for the campaign, we sent an Energy 2030 survey to nearly 400 state and local officials to assess the current landscape of energy efficiency policies and programs.
75+ state and local officials participated, answering questions about their existing or planned energy policies and programs and their desire to partner with the Alliance on the Energy 2030 initiative.
Snapshot of the Results
Cities and states responding to the survey ranked energy productivity as a high priority. However prior to the survey, the majority of cities and states were unaware of the nation’s goal to double energy productivity by 2030 – indicating there is a need to create an awareness building campaign for the goal and the Energy 2030 policy recommendations. Even the cities and states that had never heard of Energy 2030 before the survey expressed strong support for the Energy 2030 goal and interest in participating in the campaign.
The survey also indicated that cities and states are already implementing policies and programs that align with the Energy 2030 recommendations. This allows for opportunities to scale up success stories and develop increased visibility at the national level. The majority of survey respondents answered yes to having comprehensive energy efficiency policies and programs in place covering all sectors of the economy and self-report that they are largely on track to meet those targets. Also, and importantly, nearly all of the respondents expressed interest in participating in a state competition for energy productivity policy innovation – a key recommendation of Energy 2030.
Both cities and states agreed that funding was by far the biggest challenge they faced in developing energy efficiency policies and programs, and visibility and building awareness rounded out the top three barriers to success. Surprisingly, technical assistance came in last in the list of options. The Energy 2030 campaign will take these needs into consideration through its advocacy work.