South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER)
[Utility Dive] …new analysis has allowed the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) to complete a new assessment on the potential of energy efficiency. Using data on CPP [Clean Power Plan] compliance from both the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), SPEER believes demand in 2030 could be reduced by as much as 10% using a “modest” slate of tools and relatively low savings goals.
And by moderating demand and delaying new generation, SPEER said efficiency has the potential to put downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices – to the tune of 7% to 13%.
“They were showing how costly the Clean Power Plan was. I think they never thought about how effective efficiency was,” said Steve Isser, an attorney and energy economist who authored the report for SPEER.
The report, “Efficiency and the Low-Carbon Future,” predicts the “convoluted litigation” surrounding the Clean Power Plan has put up only a temporary road