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24 states have adopted an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, which sets long-term energy savings targets. #energy

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Beginning in the early 1990s, utilities expanded demand side management (DSM) programs to help their save energy. Such programs, funded by ratepayers, include energy efficient appliance rebates; energy audits; home weatherization, duct sealing and retrofits; consumer education; incentives for commercial lighting retrofits; and industrial improvements, among others. These programs, along with others designed to shift demand away from peak times, have resulted in electricity demand reductions equivalent to the generation of approximately one hundred 300-megawatt (MW) power plants.[4] Despite these early successes, utility deregulation in the mid-1990s caused major cuts in DSM, and the budget for utility programs fell by nearly half. Today, a patchwork of ratepayer-funded state and utility programs has emerged to again encourage energy efficiency. The budget for state and uti...

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