Developing the Virginia Energy Efficiency Roadmap
In 2015, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) received a competitive award from the U.S. Deparment of Energy (DOE) for implementation of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s energy efficiency goals, which call for a reduction in energy consumption 10% from 2006 levels by 2020. Over the coming years, DMME will lead an effort to engage stakeholders, develop actionable recommendations and produce a roadmap for markedly expanding energy efficiency as a resource in its portfolio. Key partners include SEEA, the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Clean Energy Solutions, Inc.
Over the course of the grant in its development of the roadmap, the project team will perform the following tasks:
- Assemble and analyze baseline data so that it can be tracked and measured in the future;
- Provide technical expertise and administrative support to the Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency, which is tasked with developing strategies to meet the savings goal;
- Develop a coalition of stakeholders to ensure that all relevant perspectives are fully considered and that all potential partners are engaged;
- Develop strategies to address the regulatory environment as it relates to the quantity and quality of energy efficiency programs offered by the utility sector;
- Develop strategies to address barriers and opportunities related to energy efficiency for each building sector (i.e., commercial, residential, public); and
- Develop a roadmap document that will serve as a valuable resource for Virginia as well as for other states.