Energy Efficiency

Performance Assessments of Demand Flexibility from Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings: Issues and Considerations

This webinar explains basic concepts and methods for assessing demand flexibility performance for buildings participating in programs operated by utilities and RTOs/ISOs and buildings responding to time-varying retail rates. The webinar also will discuss prioritizing and designing performance assessment elements, advancing assessment protocols, and establishing research and development needs.

Benefits of Utility Efficiency Programs Go Beyond Direct Energy Impacts

Avoided energy and capacity costs are the primary yardstick utilities use to determine which energy efficiency programs are cost-effective for their customers. But sometimes "non-energy impacts" — not commonly recognized as directly associated with energy generation, transmission and distribution — represent substantial benefits, such as improving comfort, air quality and public health.

Using Energy Efficiency to Meet Peak Electricity Demand

This webinar discusses the report Peak Demand Impacts From Electricity Efficiency Programs analysis showing that energy efficiency can be a cost-effective option for meeting peak power needs, and how utilities are using their EE programs to reduce peak across the grid. Historically, quantification of the costs and benefits of electricity efficiency programs have focused largely on the economic value of annual energy reductions.

Cost of Saving Electricity Through Efficiency Programs Funded by Customers of Publicly Owned Utilities: 2012–2017

A study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that energy efficiency programs for customers of publicly owned utilities saved electricity at an average cost of 2.4 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) from 2012 to 2017.

Utilities use such cost performance metrics to assess effectiveness of efficiency program portfolios, determine what programs to offer customers, and, more broadly, ensure electricity system reliability at the most affordable cost as part of electric utility resource adequacy planning and resource procurement processes.


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