NAESCO Advocacy Initiatives
Our advocacy work focuses on policy and business issues under consideration by state and federal legislative and regulatory bodies. Our three broad advocacy objectives include:
- Ensuring the continued funding and political support for key federal, state and utility-administered ESPC programs,
- Advocating for utility and state energy efficiency incentives that enhance ESCO projects in states with major ESCO markets, and
- Promoting the adoption and use of state and utility energy savings monitoring and verification (M&V) rules and protocols that are workable and that recognize the full value that customers realize from ESCO projects.
Our 2017 advocacy working list follows:
- In late December, 2016, FEMP announced that federal agencies had exceeded President Obama’s $4 billion goal with $4.2 billion of booked projects. NAESCO is working to ensure that the Trump Administration will reinforce this ongoing federal waste reduction program by issuing a new Executive Order for a minimum of another $2 billion of projects that focuses on both water and energy efficiency.
- Make the advocacy case that federal and state/local government performance contracting programs are good examples of the type of public-private partnerships that the Trump Administration as well as the states should promote to revitalize critical US infrastructure.
- Continue to defend the industry against potentially damaging state performance contracting legislation, and work assiduously in two precedent-setting states of California and New York to assure that multi-year proceedings to re-vamp energy efficiency programs and utility regulation offer new opportunities for ESCOs.
- Rework, expand, and re-deploy the 179d tax deduction beyond the end of 2016 when it expired.
- Streamline HUD EPC project development and approval procedures.