Report Released on Innovative Energy Efficiency Resource Acquisition Programs

December 10, 2012

A new report by the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) showcases the unique energy efficiency programs being implemented in North America.

The report, Energy Efficiency Resource Acquisition Program Models in North America, looks at eight successful industrial energy efficiency programs in the United States and Canada. It will be particularly useful to EU Member States as they consider how to implement the new EU Energy Efficiency Directive as well as governments in other parts of the world.

The North American programs analyzed in the report are unique because they consider energy efficiency as a resource that can be acquired. They work by acquiring energy savings from utility companies, with the money used to finance new energy efficiency initiatives that benefit both industry and the residential sector. These initiatives, called energy efficiency acquisition programs, have become a fixture of North American electricity and natural gas markets as they help postpone or eliminate the need for many expensive investments in new generation and transmission systems. They also ensure that retailers, government and administrators work together to drive investments in energy efficient practices and systems.

The report gives an overview of resource acquisition programs, a brief history of energy efficiency programs in North America, and detailed case studies on how they deliver energy efficiency in industry and other sectors.