Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – September 9, 2021
- Sep 9, 2021 12:01 pm GMT
Programs promoting energy efficiency for utility customers, for grid infrastructure, and wherever it else applies in the utility business is one of the truest win-win operations in the sector. Customers always strive to find ways to reduce energy use and thus bills, and utilities see increased efficiency as a cost-efficient and quick pathway to ensuring supply and demand remain in striking distance of each other without the costly headache of new generation. New technological solutions and innovative leadership continues to open new energy efficiency doors, so the Energy Efficiency Group on Energy Central seeks to keep you fully and completely informed.
The Value of Energy Efficiency – Past and Future
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/value-energy-efficiency-past-and-future
The value of energy efficiency isn’t so much in question, but oftentimes in energy circles you’ll find debates surrounding the value of energy efficiency as compared with other types of solutions: cheaper energy, cleaner energy, more effective T&D, etc. If you’ve come upon such a debate yourself and needed to have bookmarked a great resource to talk about why energy efficiency is so valuable and why, as this article notes, energy efficiency should be the ‘first fuel,’ then the above link from Emily Levin of VEIC is one for you to store away.
A Looming Backlash
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/looming-backlash
Alternatively, Henry Craver notes in this article that there is always a risk when energy efficiency becomes mandated for certain applications and customer types. Requiring energy efficiency, he notes, could create backlash the more that customers are seeing new building standards or tighter appliance standards. How should the concerns of higher costs be balanced with the need for energy efficiency and how they can help unlock clean energy goals? These will remain important questions to consider.
Energy Commission Encourages but Doesn’t Require New Homes to Have Only Electric Appliances
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/energy-commission-encourages-doesnt-require-new-homes-have-only-electric
To underscore a perfect example of balancing the two above stories—the value of EE with the risks that may come when it becomes mandated—this link from Nevelyn Black outlines what happened in the California Energy Commission in taking a moderate compromise to encourage efficiency without outright codifying it. Is that the right move? Do regulatory bodies need to be doing more? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
This wraps up another edition of ‘Efficient Reading.’ Check back in this spot in four weeks to see what submissions have captured the attention of our community. And if you think there are stories I’m missing—let me know in the comments, or better yet submit an article on those stories so it can be included in the next issue. Make sure you don’t miss out on these shared insights in the future.
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