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..
Workshop Report: Policies for Energy-Provider – Delivered Energy Efficiency
Published: 17 July 2012
The IEA together and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) in co-operation with UK DECC and the European Commission’s DG-Energy delivered an EU-focused workshop on Policies for Energy Provider Delivery of Energy Efficiency (PEPDEE) at the European Commission’s Charlemagne Building on 18-19 January 2012. This was one of several regional policy dialogues held as part of the PEPDEE effort. Other policy dialogues, hosted by governments and co-sponsored by regulators and energy provider associations, have been held in Australia and North America.
Smart Grid - Smart Customer Policy Needs
Published: 18 April 2011
In September 2010, the International Energy Agency (IEA) held a workshop on the regulatory, market and consumer policies necessary to ensure that smart grids are deployed with adequate consideration of their risks and benefits to all stakeholders. This was one of several workshops that brought together energy providers, network operators, technology developers, regulators, customers and government policy makers to discuss smart grid technology and policy.
Saving Electricity in a Hurry
Published: 4 July 2011
As demonstrated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami-triggered blackouts in Japan, electricity shortfalls can happen anytime and anywhere. Countries can minimise the negative economic, social and environmental impacts of such electricity shortfalls by developing emergency energy-saving strategies before a crisis occurs.
Energy Efficiency Indicators for Public Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels
Published: 17 July 2008
This paper presents a set of indicators that are used to analyse the energy efficiency of electricity production from fossil fuels on a global level and for a number of key countries and regions. The analysis is based on IEA statistics and includes public electricity plants and public CHP plants.
International Standards to Develop and Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources
Published: 1 June 2007
International Standards are a powerful tool for disseminating new technologies and good practices, developing global markets and supporting the harmonization of government policies on energy efficiency and renewable sources on a global scale.
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Global Trends in Energy Efficiency
Released October 2017
The annual Energy Efficiency Market Report tracks the core indicators of energy efficiency, providing insights on the latest trends, drivers and market prospects
Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies
The IEA is supporting the scale-up of energy efficiency activities that generate economy-wide benefits in major emerging economies
Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is often defined as achieving the same services with less energy. This definition grossly understates the power of energy efficiency to provide benefits beyond energy savings for society and for the economy
Energy Efficiency Statistics
Good data is an essential component of effective policy making on energy efficiency. Access our global datasets, indicators and training manuals here
Best Practice in Energy Efficiency Policy
From a choice of policy instruments to optimal design and implementation, countries can learn from a wealth of global expertise
Future Scenarios for Energy Efficiency
Access our latest modelling and analysis to gain insight into potential future scenarios for energy efficiency globally
The Future of Cooling
Air conditioners and electric fans account for nearly 20% of the total electricity used in buildings worldwide
Energy Efficiency 2017
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Market-Based Instruments for Energy Efficiency
Market-based instruments offer the potential for policy makers to access more cost-effective efficiency gains
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Events & workshops
WorkshopEnhancing the Impact of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies - A joint workshop of the IEA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working PartiesFrench Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministerial Conference Centre, Paris
WorkshopBeyond energy savings: The multiple benefits of energy efficiency Ministerial Conference Centre, 27 rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris
Workshop2nd G20 Energy End-Use Data and Energy Efficiency Metrics WorkshopBuenos Aires, Argentina