11 Nov '11, 7am

Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Spend Varies Wildly, Study Finds

U.S. utilities each spent anywhere from $0.02 to $4.80 per MWh of retail sales on energy efficiency programs in 2009, according to a new report from investor advocacy group Ceres. Benchmarking Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Portfolios in the U.S. finds that Pacific Gas & Electric had the highest relative spending out of the 50 utilities benchmarked, with $4.80 per MWh – 240 times the level of bottom-ranked Ohio Edison, with $0.02. PG&E was followed by Massachusetts Electric, Narragansett Electric, Western Massachusetts Electric and Seattle City Light, while Ohio Edison was joined at the bottom by Alabama Power, Indianapolis Power & Light, United Electric Coop Service and Georgia Power. The report, written by consultants M. J. Bradley & Associates, also found that the 50 utilities achieved energy savings ranging from less than 0.1 percent to nearly 2 percent of total re...

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