Standards and technology don't reduce energy consumption, despite the claims of efficiency zealots. Real energy savings only come through behavioral change.
Setting the stage for conservation.
have been dramatic.
In Florence, South Carolina, 83 percent of residents in the target neighborhood participated in Progress Energy’s NES program. In Asheville, N.C., the NES program experienced participation by over 80 percent of eligible neighborhood residents. Program wide, participation rates are above 70 percent—dramatically higher than traditional low-income programs.
Through its energy leaders partnership program, Southern California Edison (SCE) is forming partnerships with local governments to address energy-efficiency opportunities within municipal buildings, take actions in support of the state’s strategic energy-efficiency plan, and increase community awareness of energy-efficiency opportunities. SCE offers local governments help with technical support services, incentives for municipal retrofits, and co-branding of efficiency outreach into communities.
These are just a few examples of how utilities are finding new partners and new pathways for engaging the consumer in smart energy management.
The curtain is rising on energy efficiency. The time has come for it to take a starring role in saving customers more money, reducing carbon emissions, and growing America’s economy. Through a collaborative approach with key stakeholders, third-party vendors, and—most important—customers, and with the assistance of advanced technologies, the nation’s electric utility industry is making sure that future reviewers will be raving in favor of efficiency programs.