Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report - 2009
Based on responses to a 2010 survey by the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), this report looks retrospectively at 2009 ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs and describes program characteristics, expenditures, savings impacts, and planning and evaluation. Also presented are 2010 program year budgets. The report also reviews state regulatory requirements for natural efficiency programs and cost recovery treatment.
This study provides tangible evidence that the natural gas efficiency program market is growing rapidly:
- 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.
- In the United States, utilities invested nearly $803 million in natural gas efficiency programs in 2009 and have budgeted about $1.1 billion in 2010. This represents a 42 percent increase.
- In 2009 U.S. customers saved nearly 53 trillion Btu through natural gas efficiency programs (a nine percent increase from 48 trillion Btu in 2008), thus avoiding 2.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
We would like to thank the members of AGA and CEE in the U.S. and Canada for participating in this important information-gathering project. We appreciate tremendously the time and effort given by all survey respondents throughout the data-collection effort, including extensive clarification and data-validation follow-up.
Direct inquiries to: Mariam Arnaout, Manager, Policy Analysis, (202) 824-7127