SWEEP supports a wide range of state and local
policies that will increase the efficiency of energy use
- Expanded funding for energy efficiency
education, training, demonstration, and technical
assistance programs conducted by state energy
agencies, local agencies, or the private sector.
- State-of-the-art building energy codes based on
the latest versions of the International Energy
Conservation Code for new homes and ASHRAE 90.1
model standard for new commercial buildings.
- Energy savings goals, Energy Star product
purchasing requirements, financing mechanisms, and
other policies to cut energy waste in state and
- Expanded utility energy efficiency programs
including incentives for the adoption of
cost-effective efficiency measures.
- Tax credits for consumers and businesses that
purchase innovative energy efficiency measures such
as super efficient appliances, hybrid and fuel cell
vehicles, and fuel cell cogeneration systems, or
construct highly energy-efficient new homes and
- Minimum efficiency standards for appliances and
other products not yet covered by federal efficiency
- Interconnection standards, utility regulatory
rules, and environmental permitting rules to
facilitate the adoption of clean and efficient
distributed generation and combined heat and power
- Emissions standards and emissions trading and
credit schemes that encourage and recognize the
benefits of energy efficiency improvements as part
of pollution reduction efforts.
- Integrated resource planning and other
techniques for identifying and pursuing
cost-effective energy efficiency options in the
context of overall energy and environmental
- Taxes on fossil fuels and nuclear energy based
on their full environmental and social costs, along
with recycling of new tax revenue to clean energy
efforts and other socially desirable purposes.
SWEEP also supports combining individual policies
into an integrated market transformation strategy.