ESM 297 week 9

ESM 297 week 9 - ESM 297 Renewable Energy Law and Policy...

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    ESM 297 Renewable Energy Law and Policy Week 9: Energy efficiency policy Tam Hunt Energy Program Director/Attorney Community Environmental Council
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    What is Energy Efficiency? • “Energy efficiency” requires technological or  operational improvements to lock in energy  savings – allows the same activities to take place but using  less energy – “Conservation” requires behavioral change to save  energy by doing less and thus using less energy • Technically energy efficiency can include all  types of energy, but it’s generally used to refer  to electrical energy efficiency, in the US
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    The contrary view • Vice Pres. Dick Cheney at a speech in  2001:  – “Conservation may be a sign of personal  virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a  sound, comprehensive energy policy.”
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    US National Energy Efficiency  Action Plan • Completed in 2006, with contributions from more  than 50 leading groups • According to the Plan, buildings and industry  consume more than 70% of all electricity and  natural gas in the US • “In some states, well-designed energy efficiency  programs are saving energy at an average cost of  about one-half  of the typical cost of new power  sources and about one-third  of the cost of natural  gas supply.” • “[E]nergy efficiency remains critically  underutilized in the nation’s energy portfolio.”
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    Cost of EE vs. supply-side in CA 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Residential Non-residential New constr. Supply-side electricity costs at least 8-9 c/kWh
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    National Energy Efficiency Action  Plan Key recommendations: – Recognize energy efficiency as a high-priority energy  resource. – Make a strong, long-term commitment to implement cost-
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