The past year has been an exciting time for energy efficiency, with several states strengthening efficiency policies and programs, and policymakers publicly recognizing the diverse benefits these initiatives provide. Utilities across the United States invested approximately $7.7 billion in energy efficiency over the past year.
This is the third in a series of papers intended to guide states as they embark on the path to Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance. As one of many approaches to reducing pollution and complying with the CPP, states and localities can offer energy efficiency programs to low-income households or businesses and community-based organizations that serve low-income communities.
With state leaders embracing efficiency’s economic and environmental benefits, utilities across the United States invested approximately $7.6 billion in energy efficiency and saved approximately 25.4 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2016. While these levels did not quite match 2015 savings, roughly half the states reported savings surpassing those they posted in 2015, and many adopted and implemented new policies in 2016.