Based on a 2012 survey of members of the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), this annual report looks retrospectively at ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs during the 2011 program year. The study describes program structure and administration, 2011 expenditures and 2012 budgets, energy saving impacts, and planning and evaluation practices. The report also reviews state regulatory requirements for ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs and utility cost recovery treatment.
This year's study provides once again tangible evidence that the natural gas efficiency program market continues to grow:
- Natural gas utilities funded 134 efficiency programs in 2011—128 in 39 states and six in Canada. Also U.S. utilities are set to launch two new programs in 2012.
- In the United States, utilities invested nearly $958 million in efficiency programs in 2011. They also budgeted nearly $1.4 billion for the 2012 program year (this represents a growth of 46 percent compared to 2011 spending levels).
- In 2011 U.S. customers saved nearly 125 trillion Btu through natural gas efficiency programs (a 55 percent increase from the 81 trillion Btu in 2010), thus avoiding 6.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
- Participating U.S. households reduced on average their annual natural gas usage by 13 percent and saved $107 on their annual natural gas bills.
We thank the members of AGA and CEE in the U.S. and Canada for the wealth of information they provided during this data-gathering project. We appreciate tremendously the time and effort given by all individuals involved in this collaboration.
Full Report: Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report - 2012 Program Year
Executive Summary: Executive Summary
Fact Sheet: Energy Efficiency and Natural Gas Utilities
Direct inquiries to: Mariam Arnaout, Manager, Policy Analysis, (202) 824-7127
key words: energy efficiency, natural gas conservation