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Through the network, DOE, the EPA and other member organizations will assist states with their energy efficiency initiatives, including residential efficiency programs, financing solutions, and improving availability of energy usage information. The network, as described in a joint-agencies press release, will provide targeted technical assistance to states.
"Expanding energy efficiency is one of the quickest, most cost-effective ways we can address climate change and grow America's economy," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "The State Energy Efficiency Action Network will help provide states with the technical and policy support they need to invest in energy efficiency, saving energy and money for families and businesses across the country."
The new SEE Action Executive Group will meet for the first time in early March, according to the release. A number of working groups will continue to meet throughout the year to deliver results on specific goals.
The National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency is a public-private initiative that began in the fall of 2005 to create a sustainable, aggressive national commitment to energy efficiency through collaborative efforts of gas and electric utilities, utility regulators, state agencies and other partner organizations.