SWEEP Releases Report "Best Practice Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Programs and their Benefits for the Southwest"
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has released a report, The $20 Billion Bonanza: Best Practice Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Programs and their Benefits for the Southwest, acknowledging the efforts of the region's utilities over the past decade and heralding the potential for growing success over the next decade. ACEEE was a contributing author on the report and worked with SWEEP to analyze a comprehensive set of eighteen best practice electric utility energy efficiency programs for each of the Southwest states' residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. The programs include low-income weatherization, incentives for efficient consumer products, custom retrofits for large businesses, and combined heat and power, to name a few. The report also outlines critical design elements that will allow these programs to reach more customers and savings, such as innovative and effective marketing techniques, financial incentives, and behavioral approaches.
If all utilities in the region adopt a full suite of best practice energy efficiency programs, households and businesses could save a staggering $20 billion by 2020. Utilities will benefit as well through costs reductions for capital, operation and maintenance, fuel purchases, and emission controls, while also decreasing their need for water withdrawal and consumption.
To read the report visit: http://swenergy.org/programs/utilities/20BBonanza.htm.