Energy Efficiency Is The Greatest Energy Story You Haven’t Heard

ENERGY efficiency has been used for decades to make sure that power is both reliable and affordable. For those in the energy efficiency industry it can be taken for granted that others understand what energy efficiency is.

But the ACEEE (American Centre for an Energy Efficiency Economy) reckons we need to educate a wider audience that energy savings from greater efficiency - whether called negawatts, an invisible energy source, virtual power plants, or something else - are a cornerstone of energy systems and critical to a clean and affordable energy future.

In fact, the ACEEE call energy efficiency ithe third largest resource in the U.S. electric power sector, in their new report: The Greatest Energy Story You Haven't Heard: How Investing in Energy Efficiency Changed the US Power Sector and Gave Us a Tool to Tackle Climate Change.

The report concludes that for decades, energy efficiency has been a critical strategy for meeting US electricity needs while saving consumers billions of dollars in avoided infrastructure costs.

The report addresses just how big energy efficiency is today across the US electric power sector? This paper quantifies the energy savings and other benefits from a set of energy efficiency programs and policies.

The ACEEE examined the combined savings from appliance and equipment efficiency standards, utility-sector energy efficiency programs, and building energy codes.

The reveal that since 1990, energy efficiency has become the third-largest electricity resource in the United States; without it, the country would need the equivalent of 313 additional large power plants to meet the country’s energy needs.

If savings from appliance standards, utility programs, and building codes reached their full potential, energy efficiency would become the nation’s largest electricity resource by 2030, providing a wealth of benefits.

The report is an excellent example as it shows how important energy efficiency is in terms that most people can understand. Consider the reports conclusion that energy efficiency alone replaced 313 large power plants. Little more needs to be said, surely a big step to educating people about energy efficiency.

Source: ACEEE

Monday 19th September 2016

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