09 Mar '12, 7pm

Appliance Standards Will Save $1T by 2035: There is a great debate amongst utilities about how to get customer...

There is a great debate amongst utilities about how to get customers, large and small, to cut peak load. There are carrot approaches, such as rebates, and then there are sticks, like mandatory commercial critical peak pricing. Another approach, which is more long-term and not discussed as often, is increasing appliance and equipment standards for the biggest electricity hogs in homes and businesses. The appliance standards currently in place will save the U.S. more than 200 quads and $1.1 trillion by 2035, according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, The Efficiency Boom: Cashing In on Savings From Appliance Standards. It is a difficult sell to tell people that despite rising electricity costs and rolling blackouts, things could be a whole lot worse. But that is the case, especially with standards. The more efficient products will save 2...

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