Budgets reach $9.1 billion; CEE Analysis Released
March 14, 2012

Boston, MA—The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) today releases its 2011 Annual Industry Report, Pages from the State of the Efficiency Industry reportpainting the most complete picture of energy efficiency program activity available from a single source. Based on data measuring budgets, expenditures, and impacts, the report covers both gas and electric efficiency in the United States and Canada. While budgets continue to climb, the savings these efforts produce have grown commensurately.

Total budgets for 2011 reached $9.1 billion, growing 21 percent from $7.5 billion in 2010. Across sectors, customers saved a total of $13.3 billion off their bills, topping 2010. Actual expenditures in 2010 measured $6.5 billion. Since 2007, US and Canadian electric and gas efficiency program budgets have grown from $3.7 billion, showing continued rapid increase despite a weak economy.

"While individual program administrators face varying regulations, goals, and climates, through CEE they come together as an industry to plan binational efficiency strategies and take on joint projects such as collecting data for this Annual Industry Report," explained Ed Wisniewski, executive director of CEE. "It's impressive that budgets increase from year to year, but it's the increase in energy savings that shows how well this industry performs, and that the increased budgets are justified."

Since 2007, electric budgets have increased 144 percent and electric savings have increased 80 percent. Gas budgets increased 160 percent, while gas savings soared 453 percent. Eighty-six percent of the 2011 budgets, or $7.8 billion, is directed by CEE members.

Working with major contributors AGA (American Gas Association) and IEE (Institute for Electric Efficiency), CEE obtained data from 352 of the larger utility and nonutility administrators operating efficiency programs in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and seven Canadian provinces. Eleven percent of the 352 program administrators are either new to efficiency programs or to this survey. Budget and expenditure data by organization or by state or province are available on request, from reports@cee1.org, as are the charts seen in the report.

"America's natural gas utilities are making a major investment in the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances. In 2011, our members budgeted nearly $1.3 billion towards cost-saving programs that provide valuable tools, incentives and information to help customers understand and reduce their energy usage. By offering smart energy choices and promoting energy-saving efforts like installing tighter windows and doors and better insulation, we are helping our customers save money," said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA.

"The year-over-year double-digit growth in energy savings is really impressive and confirms that the energy efficiency programs our US electric utilities administer are helping customers save energy and money. US electric utilities continue to recognize the value that energy efficiency provides to their customers and budgeted $6.8 billion in 2011, a 25 percent increase from 2010 levels. With both turnkey and in-depth efficiency solutions to fit the needs of any customer, we expect electric utilities to continue to deliver strong and growing energy savings to households and businesses for many years to come," said Lisa Wood, executive director of IEE.

Further analysis is available in the report, State of the Efficiency Program Industry: Budgets, Expenditures and Impacts, available to members on the CEE Forum and to others through the CEE website.

About the Annual Industry Report
Energy efficiency gains in the US and Canada are primarily made through the efforts of efficiency program administrators working in various states and provinces with different goals and programs. Efficiency administrators work together at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency to overcome market barriers to energy efficiency. Six 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 AGA and IEE in 2009. By coordinating their mutual information needs, the three organizations have developed a more comprehensive reporting process with a lower burden on respondents.

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.