Energy Efficiency Program Spending

Well, it’s almost the end of June. In our copious free time, it seems we like to read all things energy efficiency.

Recently, we delved into a couple of great reports on energy efficiency program spending – both of which have become instant classics in comparing nationwide energy efficiency spending by state:
Institute for Electric Efficiency’s Program Delivery Comparison Study and Lawrence Berkeley
Lab’s Shifting Landscape of Ratepayer Funded Energy Efficiency.

Below is a great table from the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE) report. You may need to click it to really read it. One thing that leaps off the page is the dramatic differences in the spend per household – which you get by dividing the EE + LM Spend column by the Customers Served column.

Most notable is that CenterPoint Energy dedicates approximately $2 for every customer, while PG&E dedicates over $29 per customer to advance energy efficiency programs to their customers.

And here’s a great table from the Lawrence Berkeley Lab (LBL) report showing dramatically different spending amounts on energy efficiency programs by utility type. It’s interesting to note that municipal utilities, like Seattle City Light, spend more than double that of which the investor-owned utilities (IOU’s) are spending on energy efficiency programs on a dollars per megawatt basis.

All of this is important because states and utilities that commit to driving energy efficiency programs can postpone massive capital expenditures on building new power plants to meet consumer demand. The key for states and utilities is to identify and advance effective energy efficiency programs that reduce residential energy demand across the board.