Member Benefits - Advocacy

As energy costs rise and become more volatile and as the infrastructure and distribution limits of our current power generation capacity are being reached, energy efficiency needs to be viewed as the “First Fuel”.

Federal Advocacy

NAESCO works with its member companies and national coalitions of energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations to ensure that the federal government’s increasing emphasis on increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in federal facilities is embodied in workable programs in administration policy, energy policy legislation, energy funding legislation and federal regulatory rules.

  • Federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC and UESC)
    Working with Congress and Federal agencies to ensure the expanded implementation of performance contracting as the preferred method for federal agencies to meet their energy efficiency goals.
  • Energy Legislation
    Working to ensure that measures encouraging the accelerated use of energy efficiency resources and mandating energy demand reduction are central to Federal energy legislation and are adequately funded with appropriate tax incentives and program expenditures.
  • Energy Program Administration

Working to ensure that federal energy policies are effectively implemented in streamlined programs

  • Regulation
  • Working to ensure that energy efficiency policies are translated into workable guidelines and rules by federal regulatory agencies.
  • Green Jobs
    Ensuring that nation gets the full benefit of the job creation in energy efficiency programs by advocating for legislation that provides funding to accelerate the education and training of workers to satisfy the requirements of the rapidly growing energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

State Advocacy

NAESCO works its member companies and state coalitions of energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations to enact laws, craft regulations, and implement energy policies and programs that are fair, open, and competitive, and that deliver substantial, measurable energy savings. Our state advocacy efforts primarily focus on:

  • Market Building
    • Promoting energy efficiency as the first resource in state energy policy and state utility supply procurement rules.
    • Working to ensure that the new utility, ISO and RTO demand-side “bidding” and “demand response” programs are as ESCO-friendly as possible.
  • Ratepayer Funding Management
    NAESCO works to ensure energy efficiency programs are funded by utility ratepayers at a level that enables utilities and other energy efficiency program administrators to procure all cost-effective efficiency. This means that NAESCO will continue to push for the expansion of ratepayer funding from its current level of about $7 billion per year..
  • State-Specific Energy Efficiency Programs and Business Issues
    NAESCO participates in state legislative and regulatory proceedings to help design effective energy efficiency programs and to address ESCO business issues. Typically NAESCO works to facilitate the following objectives:
    • Implementation of Energy Efficiency Resource Standards whose goal is the procurement of all cost-effective efficiency resources.
    • Effective implementation of aggressive and streamlined performance contracting programs for all state and local government facilities.
    • Design and implementation of utility and other ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs that deliver comprehensive services to all customer classes.
    • Ensuring that state and local government policy makers understand the economic and job creation benefits of energy efficiency and performance contracting.



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