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Positive Returns: State Energy Efficiency Analyses Can Inform U.S. Energy Policy Assessments

June 1, 2008

Research Report E084


John A. "Skip" Laitner and Vanessa McKinney


This report highlights findings from reviews of 48 state- and regional-level efficiency potential studies, performed over the last 15 years, and concludes that energy efficiency will result in a small but net positive benefit for the American economy as a result of policies that emphasize investment-led energy efficiency improvements. These studies can inform the direction the United States must take to ensure viable energy security and climate change solutions.