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State Energy Program Benefits

Through its partnerships with state and territory energy offices, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) records annual cost and energy savings and, although they are more difficult to quantify, related non-energy benefits correlated to SEP's support of state and territory energy offices.

Read a summary of SEP benefits in the National Association of State Energy Officials' (NASEO) The U.S. State Energy Program In Brief fact sheet.

Energy Savings Benefits of the State Energy Program

DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has conducted several studies to quantify energy and cost savings from SEP, which are listed below.

Annual Energy and Cost Savings from the State Energy Program
Energy savings 42.3 million MBtu
Annual cost savings $256 million
Energy efficient retrofits of state and local government buildings 153 million square feet

Cost Savings From the State Energy Program - Illustration depicting cost savings of $7.23 for every $1 of federal investment in the State Energy Program.

Non-Energy Benefits of the State Energy Program

In addition to cost savings and development of new energy technologies, SEP provides substantial non-energy benefits. Using SEP funding, state energy offices are able to:

  • Help state legislatures and state executives formulate and carry out balanced energy policies and programs
  • Ensure national energy security
  • Administer public benefits funds associated with the restructuring of electricity and gas utilities toward competitive markets
  • Inform the public about the importance of energy to the economy and environment
  • Focus the economic impact of energy development locally. According to a 2002 Oak Ridge National Laboratory report, every $50 million in SEP funding results in:
    • $585 million in economic development
    • 300,000 energy efficiency technical assistance contacts with consumers and small businesses to aid them in implementing cost-effective energy efficiency actions.
  • Reduce annual emissions of air pollutants, including:
    • 719,000 metric tons of carbon
    • 127 metric tons of volatile organic compounds
    • 5,700 metric tons of nitrogen oxides
    • 145 metric tons of particulate matter
    • 7,600 metric tons of sulfur dioxide
    • 970 metric tons of carbon monoxide.