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Energy is crucial to operating a modern industrial and services economy. Concerns about the availability and cost of energy and about environmental impacts of fossil energy use have led to a wide variety of federal incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency. These incentives aim to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures and to develop and commercialize renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
Many of the existing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs have authorizations tracing back to the 1970s. Many programs have been reauthorized and redesigned repeatedly to meet changing economic factors. The programs apply broadly to sectors …View Full Resource
This report discusses a selection of building energy policies and program types that have focused on energy efficiency but that states and localities can modify and evolve to include demand flexibility (DF) and grid impact parameters.…View Full Resource
Electric utilities in the Southwest greatly expanded their energy efficiency programs over the past decade, thereby helping households and businesses in the region save billions of dollars, according to a new set of state fact sheets prepared by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). The state fact sheets cover the energy efficiency programs of major electric utilities in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
The state fact sheets review the history of energy efficiency policy for electric utilities in each state, trends in energy efficiency program funding levels, and the key impacts of energy efficiency programs implemented by utilities …View Full Resource
Energy efficiency (EE) is widely considered a least-cost option for meeting energy demand while reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. While EE has experienced slow and steady growth in South Carolina, much more can be done to maximize the full potential of this least cost resource. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimates that South Carolina has 16,902 GWh of cost-effective electric energy efficiency economic potential by 2035. To explore this opportunity, leading EE and energy experts—including academic experts, consumer advocates, environmental nonprofits, commercial entities, state agencies, and utilities—participated in a series of meetings to determine where and how to …View Full Resource
Energy efficiency has delivered huge benefits over the past 40 years. But the imperative to achieve deep carbon reductions, combined with a more distributed and dynamic energy grid, creates a demand for even greater levels of efficiency that can be targeted to where and when it is most needed.
Delivering more energy efficiency as a low-cost and flexible resource will require utilities across the country to make both policy and program design, delivery, and evaluation changes. How should utilities evolve their programs to meet the challenges of this moment—and come out ahead? Read this paper to learn: the program design, …View Full Resource
Energy is crucial to operating a modern industrial and services economy. Concerns about the
availability and cost of energy and about environmental impacts of fossil energy use have led to a
wide variety of federal incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency. These incentives
aim to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures and to develop and
commercialize renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
Many of the existing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs have authorizations
tracing back to the 1970s. Many programs have been reauthorized and redesigned repeatedly to
meet changing economic factors. The programs apply broadly to sectors …
To better understand this, EIA commissioned Leidos, Inc., to prepare the following report The Energy Efficiency Gap and Energy Price Responsiveness in Food Processing. The report provides an analysis of this efficiency gap, as well as elasticities calculated in the stochastic frontier energy demand estimation process, which allow EIA to estimate how much of an efficiency improvement may be available in the food processing industry. In simulating efficiency improvements (by setting the target level of efficiency based on a percentile of the cumulative efficiency distribution), the estimate of potential reduction in energy use is by definition smaller but empirically more …View Full Resource
Electric company-administered energy efficiency programs have been offered for 40 years. Since the early 1990s, investment in customer-funded electricity efficiency has climbed from $1.8 billion (spent mostly in California, the Northeast, and the Northwest) to more than $7.23 billion in 2018 with investment occurring across the country. This investment drove substantial impact; over that same period, total annual energy savings grew from just less than 50 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) to 211 billion kWh. Absent this investment, 2018 electricity use would have been almost 7 percent higher. Roughly 20 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2 ) reductions coming from the electric …View Full Resource
Energy efficiency (EE) programs are a win-win, helping customers to save energy and electric companies to reduce their carbon emissions. For several decades, electric companies have supported their customers’ interest in energy efficiency by providing incentives and information that lower the cost of purchasing energy-efficient appliances and devices and encourage energy management through energy efficiency and demand response programs.
Historically a product of public policy with varying levels of participation, EE programs now are viewed by the electric power sector as an essential element in an ever-expanding set of service offerings — high efficiency lighting, smart thermostats, dynamic rates, energy …View Full Resource
This report shows how improving the energy efficiency of Class B and C office buildings is doable with relatively simple, lower-cost measures that not only enhance building performance, but boost property values to make the buildings more competitive.
This research, generously supported with funding from the Building Owners and Managers Association and Yardi and prepared by ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance and the Rocky Mountain Institute, explores the challenges and opportunities to achieve energy efficiency across Class B/C office portfolios. This market is a traditionally forgotten segment for energy efficiency and green leasing as information, resources, and funding constraints …View Full Resource