Media: Energy Efficiency Programs Benefit Us All (Power)

Feb 1, 2019

From Power Magazine:

Utility-sponsored energy-efficiency programs have always seemed like a contradiction to me. Obviously, power companies make money by selling electricity, so encouraging customers to install energy-efficient lightbulbs and high-efficiency appliances seems similar to a candy company providing weight-loss counseling.

Of course, most utilities that offer energy-efficiency programs don’t have a choice. Many states have implemented policies that require power companies to promote energy efficiency. Texas was the first to adopt an energy-efficiency resource standard (EERS) in 1999, but at least 23 other states have established EERSs since then. And a handful of other states have policies on the books to encourage energy efficiency, even if they haven’t mandated reductions...

...Minnesota implemented its EERS in 2007. It requires utilities to develop plans to achieve energy savings of 1.5% of average annual retail sales each year. The “Conservation Improvement Program” (CIP), as it’s called, is designed to help Minnesota households and businesses use electricity and natural gas more efficiently—conserving energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and lessening the need for new utility infrastructure...

...In an effort to inform future utility program strategies related to Minnesota’s CIP, the state commissioned a study led by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), which teamed with Optimal Energy and Seventhwave to conduct the analysis, with participation from a broad range of energy stakeholders in the state. Results were published in a 136-page report released in December. It shows that Minnesota is having good success with its program—electric utilities, as a whole, have met or exceeded the state’s 1.5% energy savings goal each year since 2011...

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Related Links
Website: Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study (2020-2029)
Webinar: Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study
Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Program