State, Local and Utility Policy

state, local, utility policy

SEEA is committed to supporting forward movement on energy efficiency policy understanding, adoption and implementation across the Southeast in three key areas of focus:

State Policy

Through our work with state agencies across the Southeast, SEEA provides regional context and technical expertise to advance energy efficiency policy. SEEA serves as a resource to state energy offices, public service commissions, environmental agencies and other state-based stakeholders, providing technical expertise on priority issue areas within our states.

SEEA also engages at the state level with specific project work. Currently, SEEA supports specific projects in Arkansas, Mississippi and Virginia, as well as a three-state project spanning Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia.

Local Policy

In the Southeast, local jurisdictions are centers of innovation in the energy efficiency space. SEEA continues to assess opportunities to support further deployment of energy savings through local partnerships and collaboration with groups like the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN).

Utility Policy

Utilities face numerous challenges in deploying energy efficiency as a system resource and a customer value-add. SEEA engages actively with utilities across the Southeast to support and facilitate industry discussions on key issues of focus, including program design and regulatory tools to support energy efficiency within the utility business model.

One of the areas in which SEEA focuses its utility technical assistance efforts is low-income energy efficiency program design. To that end, SEEA has recently developed a low-income program landscape assessment that provides a snapshot of utility-administered low-income programs in the Southeast, their design and their performance.

SEEA is also a participant in a number of utility stakeholder forums, through which we provide technical expertise and regional perspective. These include the Southern Company Stakeholder Forum, TVA Energy Efficiency Information Exchange, Georgia Power Demand Side Management Working Group, Dominion Virginia Power Management Working Group and Integrated Resource Planning Stakeholder Discussions and Duke Energy Carolinas Collaborative.

Quarterly Policy Highlights

Each quarter, SEEA publishes a summary of policy updates from across the region. To review any of these summaries, please visit the Resource Center.