Natural Gas Efficiency Programs (2018 Program Year)
Energy efficiency can be an effective resource for customers, communities, and states to reduce the costs of energy, provide essential energy services, improve energy reliability and resilience, boost the economy, and reduce the environmental footprint of energy use.
Many natural gas utility companies have long-performing natural gas efficiency programs. Based on experience and expertise, and shaped by regulatory oversight and partner engagement, natural gas utilities continue to invest in new strategies to extend energy efficiency options to customers and their communities and to accelerate progress towards realizing a clean energy future.
The 2018 Program Year Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report presents data collected from members of the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) on natural gas ratepayer-funded efficiency and conservation programs to provide insights into respective industry trends. Data specific to natural gas programs are included as appendices.
The report’s findings illustrate how natural gas utilities continue to invest in efficiency programs and work with their customers to help increase cost savings while reducing emissions. The utility energy efficiency data presented in this report captures industry budgets, expenditures, and impacts over time to enable assessment of overall industry trends. The analysis looks retrospectively at the status of the natural gas efficiency market in 2018, including expenditures and savings impacts, and presents a snapshot of budgets for 2019.
In 2018, natural gas utilities funded 132 natural gas efficiency programs, 125 in 42 states, and seven in Canada. The utility efficiency program investments remain consistent with near $1.3-1.4 billion dollars per year. With these significant investments, natural gas utilities helped their customers save 259 trillion Btus of energy and offset over 13.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from 2012 to 2018, equivalent to removing 2.9 million cars off the road for a year.
AGA would like to thank the members of AGA and CEE in the U.S. and Canada for participating in this important data-collection effort. We tremendously appreciate the time and effort given by all survey respondents throughout the information gathering and validation process.
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Executive summary is available at this link.
Please Direct Inquiries to Sapna Gheewala, Manager, Energy Efficiency, 202-824-7131