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States like Pennsylvania are looking to lead by example on energy efficiency through proposed legislative measures. The legislation calls for the state Department of General Services to establish an energy efficiency savings target for all state buildings. The target is to attain a 20 percent reduction in energy use in all state buildings by the end of 2013, and 30 percent by 2017, when compared with energy use and energy purchases for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. Maryland’s House Bill 1088 establishes an energy efficiency on-bill financing program for residential and commercial customers in the state to encourage utility customers to make energy efficiency improvements to residential and commercial properties through low- or no-interest loans repaid directly to a utility on a utility bill. New York became the first state to pass a statewide on-bill financing program in 2011, and others, including Colorado and Hawaii, have shown interest. Another state looking into energy efficiency is New Jersey.
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