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..

Relevant material 

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.