Through its partnerships with state and territory energy offices, the State Energy Program (SEP) collects annual cost, energy savings, and other related non-energy benefits that come from its financial and technical assistance to states. These states routinely use SEP funding and technical assistance as a starting point, adding their own funds and leveraging investments from the private sector for energy projects. Learn about the latest SEP Success Stories.
Read the following publications for more in-depth information about SEP’s impacts.
- The U.S. State Energy Program In Brief
Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, 2014
This fact sheet provides a summary of SEP, highlighting its mission, goals, cost savings, economic impacts, groundbreaking efforts across the nation made possible thanks to SEP funding, and more.
- U.S. State Energy Program in Review: An Update From the 56 State and Territory Energy Offices
Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, 2012
This report highlights energy projects from every state and overseas U.S. territory in 2012.
- U.S. State Energy Program: An Activity Report of State Energy Program Success Stories from State and Territory Energy Offices 2011
Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, 2011
This report highlights energy projects from every state and overseas U.S. territory in 2011.
- The State Energy Program: Building Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Capacity in the States
Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, 2010
This study documents the capacity-building effects that SEP has had on the states’ capacity to design, manage, and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs based on 68 interviews with 40 current and former state energy officials in 24 states. The study finds that SEP has made a critical contribution to existing state capacity, setting the platform from which future state efforts can be launched.
- An Evaluation of State Energy Program Accomplishments Program Year 2002
Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2005
This 2002 program evaluation describes project areas in which the states’ various SEP efforts can be placed, finding that three-fourths or more of the responding states conducted activities using SEP funds in the areas of Workshops/Training, Mass Media, Technical Assistance, and Alternative Energy, and half or more engaged in activities related to Energy Audits, School Education, Retrofits, Loans and Grants, Codes and Standards, and Energy Emergency Planning.
- Estimating Energy and Cost Savings and Emissions Reductions for the State Energy Program Based on Enumeration Indicators Data
Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2003
This study contacted all states, territories, and the District of Columbia and asked them to provide “enumeration indicators” data describing their SEP activities for their most recent completed program year. The study found that large savings and emissions reduction numbers, the substantial ratios of savings to funding, and the very short payback periods, while not precise, indicated that SEP was operating effectively and having a substantial positive impact on the nation’s energy situation and its natural environment.