30 Oct '13, 2pm

As Texas Inches Toward a Reserve Power Market, Efficiency Advocates Make Moves

As Texas Inches Toward a Reserve Power Market, Efficiency Advocates Make Moves

In 1999, Texas became the first U.S. state to implement an energy efficiency resource standard. But last year, it was ranked 33rd in the country for efficiency implementation -- falling behind some states that don't even have legal targets. Why has Texas done so poorly? One big problem is the disconnect between the state's goal for utilities and the market structure that helps turn efficiency into a resource. There simply isn't a good mechanism to bring efficiency to market in a manner akin to traditional power generation, say advocates. "In Texas, efficiency isn't thought of as a resource. So there's been this massive stall, and we've fallen way back," said Doug Lewin, executive director of the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). Under the state's law, utilities must meet 30 percent of electric demand growth with efficiency this year. Th...

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