Although new federal regulations on carbon dioxide reduction are on hold and pending judicial review, some states may pursue independent action for this and other future regulations using energy efficiency (EE) measures to meet all or some of the requirements. In addition, cooperatives’ consumer-centric business model is driving cooperatives to respond to the increasing demands from members for more energy saving options. This TechSurveillance article provides explanation and insights about ways co-ops can implement effective EE programs while minimizing the cost of program delivery.

Value to Electric Cooperatives

Though EE is one of the least costly energy resources available, co-ops generally have higher costs to administer these programs than other electricity providers due to having fewer consumers, a lower proportion of commercial and industrial accounts, more low income members, and more rural populations. Given that many co-ops plan to expand their EE offerings in the near future, it is important find cost-effective ways to offer effective programs and keep members satisfied.


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