Utilities’ Cost of Adding Energy Efficiency Continues to Drop
Posted on September 23, 2009
Increasing total energy capacity by adding energy efficiency measures continues to be cheaper than adding new sources of electricity, such as conventional coal-fired plants.
A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows the benefits of utility costs of saved energy (CSE), or the act of using utility ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs to increase efficiency, and thus effectively add more electrical capacity to the system.
According to the new report, the average cost per kiloWatt hour of energy efficiency is about 2.5 cents, down from about 3 cents in a similar 2004 report.
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