WASHINGTON, August 9, 2017 - More than half the country is working to conserve energy with either mandates, goals or pilot programs. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that 30 states and the District of Columbia have adopted energy efficiency policies as of July 2017. Texas led the way in 1999, adopting an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS). Since then 24 states have followed suit, setting efficiency targets such as reductions from retail electricity sales. Customer incentives, such as rebates, are another method states have employed to reduce energy use. New Hampshire is the latest state to adopt an EERS, joining the fold a year ago this month. The state aims to reduce energy use 3.1 percent by 2020 from 2014 usage figures.