WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Gas Association (AGA) today announced the results of the Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report – 2009 Program Year, its joint annual energy efficiency survey with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). The report includes program data from 2009 on ratepayer-funded efficiency and conservation programs – data that was collected from Canadian and American members of AGA, CEE, and nonmember energy efficiency program administrators.
“The natural gas industry is consistently working to increase efficiency and the results from this survey show how effective utilities and their customers have been,” said AGA President and CEO David Parker. “The number of households and small businesses using natural gas has increased by 70 percent since 1970 – to more than 70 million – yet overall natural gas consumption and the resulting carbon footprint are the same today as 40 years ago. This remarkable achievement has occurred because efficiency gains have reduced annual use by 40 percent per household during the same 40-year period. It is clear that the efforts of all of our members to advance energy efficiency continue to grow.”
“At CEE, AGA members work together for U.S.-Canadian efficiency program platforms that enable each to achieve greater savings for their local efficiency efforts,” added CEE Executive Director Marc G. Hoffman. “Program platforms address ways to achieve efficiency goals through techniques such as common high efficiency specifications or recommended approaches for equipment or services that enable programs to run more effectively.”
The AGA report shows:
• Natural gas utilities funded 111 natural gas efficiency programs in 2009 – 106 in 38 states and five in Canada. U.S. utilities are also set to launch six new programs in 2010.
• Utilities invested nearly $803 million in natural gas efficiency programs during 2009, and have budgeted to increase this by 42 percent – to approximately $1.1 billion – in 2010.
• In 2009, U.S. customers saved nearly 53 trillion Btu through natural gas efficiency programs, thus avoiding 2.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
According to participants, the survey uncovered several successful trends, including partnerships with other stakeholders; low-income usage programs; commercial and residential rebates and incentives; residential and commercial audits; and customized retrofits of large facilities.
This is the fourth year AGA has conducted the survey, and the second year in a row AGA and CEE have joined forces to collect data, thus developing a robust dataset and more comprehensive set of reports.
For more information and to view specific survey data, you can view the full AGA report here.