Energy Efficiency Policies and Practices in the Midwest

State Governments

Governments are in a unique position to advance energy efficiency by providing vision and leadership for their constituents – i.e. “leading by example.” In addition, public opinion research has consistently shown that respondents want their governments to use energy efficiently, thereby saving taxpayer dollars.

Leading by Example

Beyond simply enacting legislation and regulations to advance energy efficiency within the state's residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, state (as well as county and municipal) governments can also provide vision and leadership for their constituents.  According to a recent report by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, more than 80 percent of respondents feel that state and local governments play a significant role in increasing energy savings in the United States.  By having an agency dedicated to energy policies, setting goals for reduction of energy use by state agencies, establishing high standards for the efficiency of state-owned and operated buildings, and implementing policies that promote energy efficiency in public-service buildings, government demonstrate the value of energy efficiency and reduce the amount of the state's revenue that is spent on energy purchases. Every Midwestern state has a state energy office and many have adopted other policies aimed at managing the state’s energy consumption as well as encouraging others to follow its lead.

Overview of State Government Energy Efficiency Policies and Practices in the Midwest
State State Energy Office State Energy Plan or Vision State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement EE in New State Buildings Recognition or Award Program
Iowa <> <> <>
Kansas <>
Missouri * ()
North Dakota      
South Dakota    
Wisconsin <>

Click through on the state name to visit the State Government Policy page for that state or on the individual symbols in the chart above for detailed state-level information on that policy


State Government Policies
indicates that the state has this policy currently in effect
(✔) indicates a policy that applies only to a specific group of state agencies
<> indicates an old or out-dated policy was identified and is no longer in effect
* indicates that a now-defunct planning process was identified but no plan was developed
indicates a state that previously gave an award but no longer does so

Descriptions of Lead by Example Policies for State Governments



Read the report that accompanies these pages:
Energy Efficiency Policies, Programs, and Practices in the Midwest:
A Resource Guide for Policymakers (2014 Edition)

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