States have been essential to the progress the United States has made in using energy more efficiently, according to a new paper released on September 24 by the National Governors Association (NGA). States play a critical role in advancing energy efficiency and are supporting efforts to help consumers lower their energy costs, reduce state energy expenditures, defer the need for new power plant investments, strengthen system reliability, and reduce environmental impacts. According to the paper, governors have worked with legislators, regulators, and others to advance energy efficiency in a variety of ways. Examples of recent state actions include conducting energy planning to analyze potential energy savings and explore best practices, improving energy efficiency rules and standards for buildings and appliances, and using information technology to spur enhanced energy savings by consumers and businesses. See the NGA press release.