Industrial energy efficiency programs are very cost-effective. In 2012, the average costof saved energy for industrial programs was just $0.030 per kilowatt hour (kWh) –nearly one cent lower than the aggregate average energy efficiency program cost of $0.038/kWh** Aden et al. (2013) based on EIA 2012 DSM, energy efficiency and load management programs data for more than 1,000 utilities.** ACEEE*** CCAP
In 2014, IIP authored an influential guide for the State and Local Energy Efficiency (SEE) Action Network, a state and local-led effort facilitated by the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The guide explores successful industrial energy efficiency programs in the US and provides insights into the special requirements of industrial customers.
The guide, Industrial Energy Efficiency: Designing Effective State Programs for the Industrial Sector, was launched in March 2014 and IIP delivered a number of webinars and presentations, and disseminated a suite of communications to share its findings.
As a part of the next phase of this project, IIP is developing a series of white papers that explore other issues related to industrial energy efficiency programs – such as how industrial companies have benefited from state and ratepayer efficiency programs, how industrial companies respond to different program offerings, how much additional energy efficiency gains industrial companies typically acquire through program participation versus a no-program scenario, and the systems benefits and price suppression effects from a reduction in industrial energy demand.
“The SEE Action Guide is an excellent resource. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) regularly refers to the guide and the SEE Action Network contacts to aid program delivery and improvement. Most recently, the guide and contacts have been used while NYSERDA conducted an ongoing Corporate Strategy Assessment and worked with the New York State Public Service Commission to develop a new Clean Energy Fund to help replace our Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.”