On May 8, the National Governors Association (NGA) published its report Using Executive Orders to Advance Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The issue brief found that executive orders issued by governors are pushing energy efficiency measures in state governments. Between 2008 and 2012, 36 executive orders on energy efficiency or renewable energy issues were released: 24 orders required measures in state agencies, 8 orders created studies on technology, and 4 orders related to general energy efficiency and renewable energy issues. The report found that some executive orders might spur the creation of legislation on the issue. It also found that executive orders that promoted renewable energy resulted in some instances of the creation of a state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS).