Low Carbon Policies
What impact have efficiency and renewable energy policies had on emissions?
Northeast states have taken concrete steps to reduce emissions from fossil fuels. Market trends account for substantial declines in emissions, but targeted policies are making a significant contribution.
Major commitments to energy efficiency in Northeast states
Most states in the region have substantially increased investments in energy efficiency programs to help businesses and residents invest in products and services that cut energy use. These reductions in energy use translate into significant emissions savings, as fossil fuels are no longer burned to produce previously wasted energy. The success of these programs can be seen through their significant share of the emissions reductions in the region – 32%.
Renewable energy accounts for an increasing portion of power generation
The share of electricity generated by low- or non-emitting resources has steadily increased in the region, reducing the carbon intensity of electricity consumed. Renewable Portfolio Standards and other policies and programs to promote the growth of clean generation have been adopted by all of the states in the region. These policies and programs, and falling technology costs, have translated to 21% of the region’s emissions reductions.