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Environment Program

Saving Energy and Restoring the Great Lakes

 
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Energy Efficiency

Environment Program Strategy: Energy Efficiency

Goal: Put the Midwest on a path to adopt all energy efficiency measures that are cheaper than generating more power by 2020.

Theory of Change: Mutually reinforcing local, state and regional energy policy interventions can make efficiency the first option across the Midwest, driving large cuts in energy use that boost the economy and reduce global warming pollution.

The Joyce Approach

Drive Utility Investments Toward Efficiency

  • Advocate for full implementation of existing state energy efficiency resource standards (EERS).
  • Work to strengthen—e.g., by increasing annual targets or removing cost caps—and, if necessary, defend EERS policies.
  • Ensure that new smart grid infrastructure maximizes system-level and end-user energy efficiency gains.
  • Seek to remove utility disincentives to more efficiency, especially by decoupling revenue from power sales.

Identify and Replicate Best Delivery Mechanisms

  • Research and, as necessary, demonstrate highly effective local efficiency finance and delivery programs.
  • Research and, as necessary, demonstrate best practices to boost efficiency in specific sectors/building types, e.g., commercial office space or manufacturing.
  • Work with other funders and program managers to replicate best local and sectorial models.

Latest News From The Environment Program

RetrofitChicago
7/18/2014 9:00:00 AM

16 Buildings Commit To Increasing Efficiency By 20 Percent

Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative now spans 37 million square feet of commercial space.

AnnualReport2013
6/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

What Engages You?

Joyce Foundation 2013 Annual Report

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6/4/2014 12:34:00 PM

Clean Power Plan – Efficiency Gives Midwest a Head Start

Thanks to energy efficient policies already in place, Midwestern states are better able to comply with new EPA carbon pollution standards.

 
 

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