Energy efficiency must become the “first fuel” of our utility systems. Utility-sector energy efficiency programs save electricity and natural gas at less than half the cost of new energy supplies, and provide numerous benefits to all utility customers. The ACEEE Utilities Program helps utilities, regulators, state and federal leaders, and other organizations identify energy efficiency opportunities and design state-of-the-art policies and programs suitable for today's diverse utility industry.
Electric vehicles (EVs) provide a good example of our work. To make EVs accessible to everyone, including low-income households and marginalized communities, the program launched a working group in 2019. The group helps equity-minded utilities better understand how to engage stakeholders, site EV charging stations, increase EV adoption, and measure success of such efforts.