Could Energy Efficiency Lower Carbon Emissions and Comply with the Clean Power Plan?

Navigant discusses two case studies in AESP’s Strategies newsletter

Deploying energy efficiency (EE) as a way to lower carbon emissions and comply with the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is a topic that hasn’t picked up a lot of traction. However, recent findings from Navigant case studies suggest that maybe it’s worth looking into.

In an article for Strategies, AESP’s monthly member newsletter, Navigant details its investigation into the effects of deploying additional EE resources to decrease CO2 emissions in two regions – California and PJM.

“Our analysis shows that deploying additional EE for CPP compliance results in reduced CO2, as would be expected, but it also reduces costs and system congestion,” according to the article. “Additional EE can reduce cost to serve load by 3 percent to 5 percent in California and PJM, which reduces costs annually up to $825 million in California and $1.5 billion in PJM.”

The article’s authors, Navigant’s Frank Stern, Rob Neumann, Amanvir Chahal, and David Purcell, conclude that these benefits, among others, would greatly benefit CPP initiatives. 

“By including EE as a resource into the resource mix, system planners and environmental offices gain significant benefits in the form of decreasing costs, flattening demand and a zero-emitting resource.”

 

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