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In this episode we focus on energy efficiency in rural America. My guest is Mary Shoemaker, State Policy Analyst at ACEEE, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Our conversation focuses on both challenges and solutions, and we cover a broad range of issues, starting with what makes rural America unique in terms of energy efficiency and its overall energy burden. We discuss a number of topics including what ACEEE has been doing to address the rural space; the importance of broadband; different financing solutions; data and customer engagement, and economic development and job creation. Mary offers a number of specific examples where these programs are being implemented, and we also spend some time talking about Appalachia in particular because Mary is part of a team developing policy recommendations for the Central Appalachian Network.
Show references include:
- Reaching Rural Communities with Energy Efficiency(report)
- Rural Energy Burdens(report) + accompanying fact sheet
- State Energy Efficiency Scorecard(report) + accompanying fact sheet
- Rural Energy Conference(conference page and presentation PDFs)
- Ameren Missouri proposal offers customers fast-charge electric vehicle stations, improved air quality and new choices(Cision PR Newswire)
- Oncor’s MainStreet Efficiency program
- Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
- Efficiency Vermont
- Co-Mo builds on Connect to launch SmartHub (Co-Mo Electric Cooperative blog post)
- USDA’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP)
- USDA’s Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
- Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)’s How$martKY
- Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
- Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI)
- Central Appalachian Network (CAN)
- Natural Capital Investment Fund
- Rural Support Partners
- Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia
Recorded December 11, 2018. Published December 17, 2018.
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