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Encourage Energy Efficiency


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The Southeast is among the most inefficient regions of the country, wasting tremendous amounts of energy that is generated primarily from high-risk sources like coal and nuclear. The historically irresponsible use of energy in the Southeast means there is tremendous potential for energy efficiency to address growing energy demand in the Southeast.

Energy efficiency makes economic, social and environmental sense. It is the fastest, most cost-effective, cleanest and most under-utilized energy resource at our disposal. But for the Southeast to take full advantage of this opportunity, we must overcome the barriers to energy efficiency: weak regulatory frameworks, pricing structures that reward utilities for selling more electricity, and economic models that ignore the environmental costs of conventional energy sources.