NASEO Publishes Energy Efficiency Pathway Templates for States

NASEO has published a set of Energy Efficiency Pathway Templates to help State Energy Offices (SEOs) work with state air quality regulators and others to better recognize the air quality benefits of energy efficiency (EE). Developed with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, the templates discuss energy savings and avoided emissions quantification, and how EE-derived emissions reduction can help states attain air quality objectives, such as meeting National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), Regional Haze Rule requirements, or state-level greenhouse gas targets.

Completed NASEO Energy Efficiency Pathway Templates summarize key facts and features of EE programs and policies, such as goals, authorities, funding, and implementation. Their intent is to promote dialogue among SEOs, environmental agencies, and other relevant bodies to explore potential roles for EE to support air quality management, whether for broad planning purposes or formal regulatory credit.

NASEO created several blank templates and filled in three examples based on Illinois' building energy codes, Minnesota's Sustainable Buildings 2030 building performance standard, and Virginia's energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) program. An additional example based on city-/local-led EE initiatives is planned. Blank templates can also be adapted for other EE program types. Links to additional useful resources are also provided in the templates and on the NASEO Energy Efficiency Pathway Templates page.

These templates build on NASEO's work through the "3Ns" process with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and with other associations, agencies, and stakeholders to enhance recognition of multiple EE benefits, including for air quality. SEOs can contact NASEO Senior Program Director, Rodney Sobin (, with questions, comments, or for assistance with the templates or broader energy-air quality topics.