Energy Efficiency

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.

New Study Highlights Cost Performance of Electricity Efficiency for Publicly Owned Utilities

A new 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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Time-Sensitive Value of Efficiency: Use Cases in Electricity Sector Planning and Programs

Most energy efficiency measures produce energy savings that vary over the course of a year. The value of the hourly electricity savings also varies over the course of a year—even on a per megawatt-hour basis—because the cost of generating, transmitting and distributing electricity during peak demand periods is often significantly higher than during off-peak, or lower load, hours for most U.S. regions.

New Study Finds Energy Efficiency May Help Utilities Meet Peak Demand at Relatively Low Cost

With rising peak demand for electricity in many regions of the country, utilities and states are increasingly interested in understanding how efficiency programs contribute toward electricity system reliability and resilience at the most affordable cost. According to a new study by Berkeley Lab, these programs appear to be a relatively low-cost way for utilities to meet peak demand, compared to the capital cost of other resources.

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New Resource for Local Governments on Roles and Risks in Financing Energy Upgrades for Commercial Buildings Using C-PACE Financing

Nearly three-fourths of U.S. states have authorized local governments to use a voluntary special assessment on commercial property tax bills to help finance energy improvements that may boost economic development, create jobs, increase property values and advance energy goals. “Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy,” or “C-PACE,” financing allows building owners to repay the borrowed capital — from private or public sources — over time using their property as security.

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