Vermont’s Energy Efficiency Programs: A Cut Above the Rest

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VERMONT’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS ABOVE AVERAGE, REPORT SAYS

VT Digger, January 30, 2015

Vermont’s electric efficiency utilities saved more money for electric customers than similar utilities across the country in 2012, but at a higher short term cost, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Public Service.

Two utilities in Vermont are designed to reduce electricity consumption, Efficiency Vermont and the Burlington Electric Department. The department asked the energy consulting firm Navigant to compare Vermont’s programs to more than two dozen others in the country between 2011 and 2012.

In 2012, investments made by Efficiency Vermont cut residential electric sales by 2.4 percent. Burlington Electric Departments cut sales by 1.9 percent. Both saved more than the median of 1.7 percent. Efficiency Vermont’s short-term cost of the energy savings was less than the median while Burlington Electric’s savings were slightly above.

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