Group Honors 90 Efficiency Programs

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a report recently recognizing 90 of America's leading energy efficiency programs.

Together, these programs demonstrate how energy efficiency is America's cheapest, fastest, and cleanest new energy resource. They were selected as examples of highly successful and effective energy efficiency programs. The programs cover 20 different categories, ranging from industrial processes to residential lighting.

"Compendium of Champions: Chronicling Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs from Across the U.S." summarizes the council's second national review and selection of exemplary energy efficiency programs. The report makes observations on the factors that make these programs stand out.

Programs chosen for honors were noted for their effectiveness and innovation in helping customers achieve greater levels of energy efficiency in their homes, businesses, and facilities. In doing so, these programs not only reduced customers' energy costs, they also generated broader economic and environmental benefits.

According to Martin Kushler, Ph.D., council utilities program director, "These programs demonstrate the substantial value of energy efficiency to customers and clearly document the significant role that such programs play in helping reduce total utility system costs and improve the environment."

"Just these selected example programs alone are achieving annual savings of over 2,400 gigawatt hours of electricity, 400 megawatts of peak demand, and 125 million therms of natural gas, all at a cost that is less than half the cost of new energy supplies. That's basically enough new savings each year to avoid a major power plant, plus provide heat for over 100,000 homes, all while saving utility customers hundreds of millions of dollars," Kushler added.

After registering at the council's site, the report can be downloaded for free. Visit aceee.org.

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