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Policies and Programs

State, local, and tribal governments and K-12 schools can advance clean energy goals through a variety of policies and programs designed and implemented to maximize effectiveness within organizations and throughout jurisdictions.

Energy Efficiency

Image of a washing machine.Energy efficiency policies and programs help drive the implementation of projects that reduce energy use. Examples include appliance standards, building energy codes, commissioning and retro-commissioning, financial incentives and programs, government lead-by-example programs, and others. Learn more about energy efficiency policies and programs.

Renewable Energy: Distributed Generation

Image of combined heat and power plant.State and local governments can implement distributed generation policies and programs to help overcome market and regulatory barriers to implementation. Examples include community renewables programs, third-party ownership options, interconnection processes, and others. Learn more about distributed generation policies and programs.

Renewable Energy: Utility-Scale

Image of power lines. Policies and programs that address barriers to the implementation of utility-scale renewable energy projects (typically defined as those 10 megawatts or larger) can include feed-in tariffs, renewable portfolio standards, transmission access, and others. Learn more about utility-scale renewable energy policies and programs.

Transportation

Image of a row of plug-in hybrid vehicles. State and local governments can support reduced petroleum use by implementing policies and programs that promote the use of advanced vehicles and alternative fuels. Examples include air-quality and emissions, renewable fuel standards, and ways to reduce vehicle miles traveled. Learn more about transportation policies and programs.