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This site serves as an easy-to-use online database of energy efficiency policies in the states, searchable by state or by policy. The database covers: appliance standards, building codes, clean distributed generation policies, tax incentives, vehicle policies, and a host of utility-related energy efficiency information. Eventually this site will also cover policies for all states and will be expanded to include state climate policies and smart growth initiatives.

From the California Energy Commission - The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings were established in 1978 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California's energy consumption. The standards are updated periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods. California's building efficiency standards (along with those for energy efficient appliances) have saved more than $36 billion in electricity and natural gas costs since 1978. It is estimated the standards will save an additional $43 billion by 2013. The current (2001) Standards and the 2005 Standards may be downloaded from this website.

This website is developed and managed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. This site offers information on energy policies ( ). An up-to-date coverage of EU energy is also available on the policies ( ) and activities ( ) pages of Europa.

Visit this website to learn about the "Energy 2020 strategy" which provides a solid and ambitious European framework for energy policy, defines their energy priorities for the next ten years and sets out the action to be taken.

This site allows access to the U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where summarized and detailed budget information is offered (via PDF downloads).

Beginning in 2002, the National Commission on Energy Policy—a bipartisan group of 20 of the nation’s leading energy experts representing the highest ranks of industry, government, academia, labor, consumer and environmental protection—advised Congress, the Executive Branch, States and other policymakers regarding long-term U.S. policy.

The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP), sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the energy efficiency field, is designed to give consumers and businesses information they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and subsequently amended several times.

This official website from the White House provides information about the current administration's policies on energy. Visit this website to learn more about the efforts to reduce dependence on oil, promote energy efficiency, and invest in a clean enery future. Also provides information on the steps being taken to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change, and how the federal government is working to protect our nation's precious natural resources.

Under the U.S. federated system of checks and balances—which divides governmental authority among federal, state, and local jurisdictions—states maintain the larger share of legal authority for energy policy. Visit this website to read about the states' roles in energy, a definition of public policy ideas, and much more.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, remains today as the body's principal guide in the promotion of commerce, public health, energy and technology. Visit this website to learn more about this committee, read breaking news stories, find out about this committee's actions, hearings, votings, and more.

The U.S. Senate's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources consider and report on, and oversee some of the most important legislation ever enacted by the United States Congress. This far-reaching legislative activity can be described in the following major areas: energy resources and development, including regulation, conservation, strategic petroleum reserves and appliance standards; nuclear energy; Indian affairs; public lands and their renewable resources; surface mining, Federal coal, oil, and gas, other mineral leasing; territories and insular possessions; and water resources. Visit this website to learn more about their activities.