SWEEP supports a wide range of state and local policies that will increase the efficiency of energy use including the following:
- Energy efficiency goals or standards for electric and gas utilities.
- Performance-based financial incentives so that utility shareholders are not penalized when investor-owned utilities help their customers save energy.
- Integrated resource planning and other techniques for identifying and pursuing cost-effective energy efficiency options in the context of utility resource planning.
- Decoupling of utility sales and cost recovery.
State tax credits for consumers and businesses that purchase innovative energy efficiency measures such as electric and hybrid vehicles, achieve substantial energy savings through deep home retrofit, or construct highly energy-efficient new homes and commercial buildings.
- Emissions standards and emissions trading and credit schemes that encourage and recognize the benefits of energy efficiency improvements as part of pollution reduction efforts.
- Expanded funding for energy efficiency education, training, demonstration, and technical assistance.
- Financing programs for all types of energy efficiency upgrades.
SWEEP also supports combining individual policies into an integrated market transformation strategy.