Business, industry and other organizations will get help to cut their energy costs with £10 million made available this year to improve efficiency and reduce energy demand, according to U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey, who has unveiled new plans that will remove barriers to investment in energy infrastructure.
In an international energy efficiency ranking released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Germany comes in first followed by Italy, the European Union, China, and France. The rankings include 16 of the world's largest economies-- Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union-- representing more than 81 percent of global gross domestic product and 71 percent of global energy consumption.
Programs administered by Northeast Utilities and its operating companies saved customers enough energy last year to equal the output of a 500 MW power plant and prevented 30,000 tons of waste from being dumped into landfills, according to the company's Responsible Energy report.
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has laid out plans regarding its five-year plan to represent more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations. The 2015-19 Strategic and Business Plans serve as the foundation for NEEA's market transformation work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Delaware lawmakers have passed landmark legislation that will bring the state into parity with other states in the region by allowing its electric and gas utilities to provide energy efficiency programs to their customers and provide a major boost to the state's efforts to reach its goals under a 2009-mandated Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).
Exelon has made significant progress toward its sustainability goals for 2013, as laid out in the company's 2013 corporate sustainability report, including its best-ever operating year across its three utilities-- BGE, ComEd and PECO-- each of which improved in all key metrics, including safety, reliability, customer service and customer satisfaction over 2012.
PECO customers have saved more than $350 million through the company's energy-efficiency programs, products and services, such as PECO Smart Ideas, since the programs launched in 2009-- a combination of over $220 million in energy savings and $130 million in rebates, discounts and incentives.
Based on an independent analysis conducted by the Cadmus Group, SEEA's third Energy Pro3 Report compares the actual jobs created through the SEEA's energy efficiency retrofit consortium programs to jobs that would have been created through investments of the same magnitude in each of the trade and services sector; the construction sector; the renewables sector; the energy generation, distribution and transmission sector; and the manufacturing sector.
According to the DOE, our nation's buildings account for more than 70 percent of total U.S. electricity use and 40 percent of the nation's total energy bill-- at a cost of $400 billion dollars per year. With 20 percent or more wasted, comparable energy reductions have the potential to save an estimated $80 billion annually. Standards, codes, and conformity assessment programs offer significant opportunities for energy and cost savings and improved energy efficiency capabilities, and can help speed the pace of energy efficiency technology development and deployment.
Customers who participated in DTE Energy's energy efficiency programs in 2013 collectively saved $512 million last year. Those programs will continue to pay off in lifetime savings of more than $4.5 billion, according to the company.