An energy utility’s resources, customer access and technical know-how mean that it is in a unique position to design and deliver effective low-cost energy savings. Government incentives for utilities to take such energy efficiency actions have largely been successful. Over time, these programmes can deliver sustained energy savings, which result in significantly lower energy intensities among the targeted end-users than nontargeted ones.

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About energy utilities

Utility programmes often combine a requirement to meet energy efficiency with the use of market-based instruments to enable utilities to trade savings obligations and to allow competition in the delivery of energy services towards savings targets. Through properly structured programmes, utilities can recover costs and maintain revenues and profits by sharing the costs and benefits with the final consumer. This gives utilities a large incentive to ensure that energy savings are delivered at least cost.

Policies for Energy Provider Delivery of Energy Efficiency

In 2011-2012 the IEA and its working partner the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) carried out a work programme entitled Policies for Energy Provider Delivery of Energy Efficiency (PEPDEE). The PEPDEE was undertaken by the IEA as a contribution to a Task Group within the International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC). Government agencies that have supported the PEPDEE include the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (task lead country), the US Department of Energy, the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the European Commission’s Directorate General of Energy. The PEPDEE seeks to facilitate co-operation and knowledge-sharing among IEA and IPEEC member countries on how energy providers can improve the efficiency of gas and electricity customers and what regulators and governments can do to mobilize such efforts.

Related material 

Workshop Report: Policies for Energy-Provider – Delivered Energy Efficiency
Smart Grid - Smart Customer Policy Needs (2011)
Saving Electricity in a Hurry (2011) 
Saving Electricity in a Hurry - Chinese version (2011) 
Energy Efficiency Indicators for Public Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels (2008)
International Standards to Develop & Promote Energy & Renewable Energy Sources (2007)

See also:  Policies for Energy Provider Delivery of Energy Efficiency (PEPDEE)