What It Costs to Save Energy

Berkeley Lab’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group tracks and analyzes energy efficiency policies and programs to inform the efforts of policy makers, program administrators, and other industry stakeholders. Using data that efficiency program administrators report to state regulators, we maintain Berkeley Lab’s Demand-Side Management (DSM) Program Database, now containing nearly 6,000 program-years of program spending and impacts data from 36 states. We use the database to characterize and inventory efficiency programs and to calculate and report on the cost of saving energy.

Stakeholders can use the cost of saved energy for a variety of applications:

  • Weighing multiple energy demand and supply resource options
  • Comparing efficiency program performance
  • Forecasting loads and the role of efficiency
  • Assessing Energy Efficiency Resource Standards and other efficiency policies
  • Assessing options for compliance with environmental regulations
  • Enabling better insight into future efficiency spending and savings

See the Publications tab below for a list of reports, presentations, and tools on Berkeley Lab’s cost of saving energy project.







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