Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Schultz and other analysts at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution Energy Policy Task Force, in collaboration with Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and with former US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Jeff Bingaman, to take a comprehensive look at what policies are actually working in the United States in the efficient use of renewable energy.
The study, “The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” – which is now available for download in .PDF format, at no charge – focuses on several U.S. States that were determined to have had better than average overall results, and the analysis’s were able to set forth a list of 12 specific recipes for “affordable, clean, and secure” renewable energy policies that have already been successfully implemented across the country.
“The report reaches “an encouraging conclusion” noting, “Both red states and blue states are turning green – whether measured in dollar savings or environmental improvement.”
George Pratt Schultz has had a distinguised career in both public service and in the private sector. He is presently a Fellow at Hoover, and is honorary chairman of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, advisory council chair of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford, and chair of the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board.
The policies and states featured are:
• Energy-Efficiency Resource Standards – Wisconsin
• Energy-Efficient Building Codes – Mississippi
• Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure – California, Washington
• Utility and Customer Market Incentives – Arizona, Washington,
• Renewable Portfolio Standards – North Carolina, Minnesota
• Net Energy Metering – Texas, Vermont
• Community Renewables – Colorado, California, Minnesota
• Renewable Energy Tariffs – North Carolina, Virginia
• Energy Savings Performance Contracts – Pennsylvania
• Third-Party Ownership of Distributed Power Systems – New Mexico
• Property-Assessed Clean Energy – Connecticut
• On-Bill Repayment – Hawaii, New York
• U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program – Nebraska,
The Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy convened this time last year in order to address energy policy in the United States, particularly with respect to our national security, in light of its effects on both domestic and international political priorities:
The task force’s goals are to gather comprehensive information on current scientific and technological developments, survey the contingent policy actions, and offer a range of prescriptive policies to address our varied energy challenges.
Other authors of the study include former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (1982–2013. who served as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural resources Committee, strenuously advocating for the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and was the lead sponsor of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Dan Reicher serves as Executive Director of Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and holds faculty positions in both the Stanford business school and Stanford law school; and served as Assistant Secretary of Energy and Energy Department Chief of Staff in the Clinton Administration. He was also a director of energy and climate initiatives for Google. He served on President Obama’s Transition Team and currently serves on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.
Other analysts include David Fedor, a research analyst on the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, who has worked in energy and the environment in China, Japan, and the United States; and at APEC’s Asia-Pacific Energy Research Center. Additional collaborators include Nicole Schultz, a project manager at Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, focusing on clean energy project development. Rounding out the team is Alicia Seiger, deputy director of the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, who manages energy policy research, programs, operations, and market engagement. Ernestine Fu is a student at Stanford University, where she teaches a course in sustainability. She is the co-author with Thomas Ehrlich of “Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service.”