The analysts suggest that states reduce costs of meeting clean electricity standards by managing demand on the grid, aid electrification efforts, and strengthen and advance equitable decarbonization strategies.
Improving energy efficiency represents one of the greatest opportunities to cut emissions and slow the impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations. Commercial buildings are a leading producer of global CO2 emissions, accounting for 39%.
Congress is considering billions of dollars to support energy efficiency with the bipartisan infrastructure and budget reconciliation packages. Concerns about the price tags of the proposals by moderate Democrats in the Senate, however, could lead the $3.5 trillion budget bill to be cut in half.
Congress is also considering a Clean Electricity Performance Program (with similar goals of a CES) as part of the budget reconciliation.