Consortium for Energy Efficiency Releases Ninth Industry Report

May 1, 2015

Boston, MA—The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) today releases its ninth Annual Industry Report, indicating stable expenditures in 2013 on energy efficiency, while 2014 budgets suggest planned growth.

Total expenditures for 2013 remained at the same level as those reported for 2012, despite volatile gas prices, changes in state policies, and increasingly complex value propositions. Looking just at the 320 respondents to both the 2012 and 2013 survey shows expenditures increased one percent over that time period. Highlights include:

  • American and Canadian combined gas and electric DSM program expenditures reached $8.0 billion in 2013. Ratepayers contributed $7.8 billion of this total.
  • US gas and electric DSM expenditures remained consistent with 2012 DSM expenditures, totaling $7.2 billion.
  • Natural gas program expenditures in the United States and Canada rose three percent in 2013, to just over $1.3 billion.
  • US and Canadian program administrators spent just over $1.02 billion on demand response programs in 2013—$1 billion of which was ratepayer funding.

The stability of energy efficiency is a testament to its attractive social and utility benefits and the ingenuity that program administrators bring both to their own programs and to their work on strategy at CEE. Even as federal standards rise due to past program investments in market transformation, programs continue to achieve their savings targets.

“Despite regulatory setbacks in some states, planned efficiency investments represented by 2014 budgets of $9.9 billion are trending positive overall,” explained CEE Executive Director Ed Wisniewski. “We’re seeing exciting new proceedings in other states that emphasize the importance of energy efficiency.”

The power of the CEE Annual Industry Report is in providing an annual trend analysis of energy efficiency and demand response budgets, expenditures, and savings. Mapping program administrator data into an aggregate report of funding and savings has been a project CEE members value and that CEE is pleased to perform. The 2014 Annual Industry Report represents data from the vast majority of large efficiency program administrators—347 utility and nonutility program administrators from every US state, the District of Columbia, and nine Canadian provinces. It is the most extensive known research on energy efficiency program funding and impacts. CEE and AGA work directly with program administrators on data collection and quality assurance efforts, under conditions of trust and confidentiality, resulting in more consistent and accurate data than when collected from a variety of sources. Because of this reputation, CEE members, federal agencies, industry organizations, evaluators, and others who need a reliable source of energy efficiency trends use CEE data.

About the Annual Industry Report

Energy efficiency program administrators working in various states and provinces are mandated and funded to achieve long lasting reductions in energy use for the United States and Canada. Each of these programs operates with different goals, regulation, cost structures, and programs. Nevertheless, these administrators work together at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency to accelerate market uptake of measurably efficient products and services.

Nine years ago, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency initiated a survey of members and other efficiency program administrators to discover the size and momentum of the industry by measuring program budgets and impacts. Since 2006, the survey has grown in scope, adding Canadian programs and standardizing the format in 2007, expanding the scope in 2008, and joining forces with major collaborator AGA in 2009. Since then each year has seen the collection of additional information, deepening the data picture. By coordinating their mutual information needs, the two organizations have developed a more comprehensive reporting process with a lower burden on respondents.

About AGA

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial, and industrial natural gas customers in the US, of which 94 percent—over 68 million customers—receive their gas from AGA members. AGA is an advocate for natural gas utility companies and their customers and provides a broad range of programs and services for member natural gas utilities, pipelines, marketers, gatherers, international natural gas companies, and industry associates. Today natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States’ energy needs. To find out more, please visit: www.aga.org.

About CEE
CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada. Members work to unify program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of efficiency in markets. By joining forces at CEE, individual electric and gas efficiency programs are able to partner not only with each other, but also with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. Working together, administrators leverage the effect of their ratepayer funding, exchange information on successful practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.