Energy Efficiency Key In New Power Plant Rule
- In the five-year period from 2008-2012, new efficiency improvements from utility programs and appliance standards have avoided the need for more than 275 power plants. An ACEEE analysis shows that energy efficiency could help states offset the need for nearly 500 power plants, reducing carbon pollution by 26%.
- Since the 1970s, energy efficiency has been a major contributor to the U.S. energy landscape. Previous research by ACEEE found that economy-wide improvements in energy efficiency contributed to more than a 50% reduction in U.S. energy use relative to what it would have been if pre-1973 trends had continued. Economy-wide improvements in energy efficiency, along with structural changes in our economy, supplied more energy than domestic coal, natural gas, and oil combined.
- Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost electricity resource for utilities. This proposal cites a recent ACEEE report finding that the energy saved from programs that help customers save energy only costs utilities about two to three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from burning coal or natural gas can cost two to three times more.
- Twenty-four states currently have an annual energy savings target. Forty-one states have adopted national model building codes. Combined heat and power provides more than 30% of the U.S. industrial sector’s electricity needs.
- Energy efficiency is the use of technologies and processes to produce the same or better services (e.g., light, space conditioning, motor drive power) using less energy.
- Additional information on the state-by-state impacts of energy efficiency programs and policies on jobs and gross state product is available in an April 2014 report (which can be downloaded here).
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