In 2011, the University of Nevada, Reno | Business Environmental Program (UNR-BEP) partnered with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy and NV Energy to successfully pursue a US Department of Energy grant to analyze and enact methods to significantly improve Nevada’s regulatory and policy environment for implementing energy efficiency projects in the state’s existing commercial buildings. The goal of the program has been to shift the way commercial building retrofit projects are evaluated, implemented and financed, from both an energy-savings and financial return perspective.
UNR-BEP was awarded a sub-grant to research current economic development and energy policies and address specific barriers to commercial building energy efficiency retrofits, with a particular emphasis on financing barriers.
The following white papers and reports have been prepared by UNR-BEP under this grant project:
Based on the research and recommendations developed in the above white papers and reports, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy has established eight key working groups and, in early 2014, will lead the development of an implementation plan and action strategy to increase the number of commercial building energy efficiency retrofits in Nevada.