28 Nov '14, 10am

The Economic Plus of Energy Conservation

The Economic Plus of Energy Conservation

The cost of programs designed to save energy works out to 4.4 cents per kilowatt hour, less than half of what power from a conventional coal-burning plant costs, according to an analysis from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory . The authors of the report, released in mid-November, collected energy efficiency information from more than 100 program administrators in 34 states, covering 5,900 "program years" between 2009 and 2013. They looked at a number of residential efficiency programs, including programs that subsidize whole-house retrofits, lighting improvements, appliance swaps, and efficiency measures for electronic devices. Overall, the authors found that the cost of saved energy (CSE) was 4.4 cents/kWh, with residential programs having the lowest cost (3 cents/ kWh); commercial, industrial and agriculture programs followed at 5.6 cents/kWh. This compares with ...

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