State and Regional Energy Planning – A state or regional energy plan is a strategic effort to develop and promote energy goals and formulate related policies and programs. Energy plans can include a number of elements, such as: 1) identifying and promoting a package of cost-effective options to meet energy, environmental, and economic goals; 2) recognizing and assessing a full range of short- and long-term benefits from energy efficiency, renewables, and clean distributed generation; and 3) helping state agencies from different states within a region coordinate their efforts to better achieve complementary goals.