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Energy efficiency simply means receiving the same service (light, cooling, heating, for example) out of a device or system without using more energy than necessary–using equipment that performs well. A good example of an energy efficiency technology is a compact fluorescent light bulb. They are typically four times more energy efficient than a regular incandescent light bulb, but produce the same amount and quality of light. They also last far longer that conventional bulbs.
Energy efficiency also offers:
- a home-grown market that uses local businesses for installations, creating more jobs than building new power plants;
- greater security for future generations, so our children are less dependent on imported or unsafe fuels;
- cleaner air to breathe, because when enough people use energy efficiency measures, it helps displace smog and global warming pollutants from coal power plants; and
- more water for essential needs, because big nuclear and coal power plants require large water supplies.
In Georgia, consumers buy electricity from Georgia Power, one of the 42 electric membership corporations or one of the 52 municipally owned electric systems in Georgia. The Georgia Public Service Commission regulates Georgia Power, and has limited control over the Georgia electric membership corporations and municipal utilities. The Georgia EMCs offer some energy efficiency programs, but they are fairly limited. A bright spot in…
Florida electric utilities lead the Southeast in energy efficiency, but their energy savings accomplishments are an order of magnitude lower than a number of utilities in California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and the Northeast. Across the country, leading utilities achieve annual savings of 1% or more of energy sales (over several years, these savings accumulate into big benefits). Florida’s utilities can join the…
Grants and loan guarantees are currently available through U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The funding is available to farmers and small rural businesses for renewable energy and energy efficiency equipment, energy technical assistance, energy audits, and feasibility studies. More information and other deadlines are available here. The USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is a federal cost-share…
Fourteen states in the U.S. are saving 1% of retail sales, annually, with energy efficiency, and leading states are saving more than 2% of retail sales. In the past five years, the Southeast has saved increasing amounts of energy efficiency, yet our programs still have minimal impact. The chart below shows utility energy efficiency performance, measured as savings as a percentage of retail sales,…
Leading businesses, industry groups and environmental advocates are urging Congress to enact a national Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) that will require electric and gas utilities to reduce demand by 15 and 10 percent respectively by 2020. In order to meet this standard, utilities would provide incentives and assistance to help customers make their homes and businesses more energy?efficient, utilizing programs including appliance standards,…
Energy efficiency is the cheapest solution to our energy and global warming challenges. Leading energy efficiency programs across the country deliver energy savings to customers at a cost of 2 to 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. In contrast, new power plants cost at least 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. For specifics, see Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis. Unlike conventional power sources, energy efficiency isn’t sensitive…
Individuals, businesses, government, and energy companies each have an essential role to play in using less energy. Using less energy means a stronger economy, less global warming pollution from power plants and vehicles and a healthier environment for all of us. Individuals can take steps in the home or workplace. Changing wasteful behavior is one of the most important steps an individual can take…
“The Southeast is the Saudi Arabia for energy efficiency,” according to Dr. Marilyn Brown, a professor at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology and member of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors. The key to tapping this vast potential in the Tennessee Valley region lies in the energy efficiency programs offered by TVA. TVA The Tennessee Valley Authority is…
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