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The Total Cost and Measured Performance of Utility-Sponsored Energy Efficiency Programs

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  • Joseph Eto
  • Edward Vine
  • Leslie Shown
  • Richard Sonnenblick
  • Chris Payne
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    Abstract

    By examining the actual performance of conservation or demand-side management (DSM) programs for ten utilities, Joskow and Marron (1992) have made an important contribution to policy discussions about the wisdom of relying on utilities to improve customer energy efficiency. We use Joskow and Marrons method to analyze twenty utility commercial lighting programs and, like Joskow and Marron, find wide variations in industry reporting practices and savings evaluation methods. We extend the method by systematically accounting for several of the most important sources of variation and comment on how they influence total program costs. Our accounting also allows us to relate remaining program cost variations to the program sizes and the electric supply costs avoided by the programs. We draw qualified, yet affirmative, conclusions regarding the cost effectiveness of the programs.

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    Article provided by International Association for Energy Economics in its journal The Energy Journal.

    Volume (Year): Volume17 (1996)
    Issue (Month): Number 1 ()
    Pages: 31-51

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    Handle: RePEc:aen:journl:1996v17-01-a03

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    1. Arimura, Toshi H. & Newell, Richard G. & Palmer, Karen, 2009. "Cost-Effectiveness of Electricity Energy Efficiency Programs," Discussion Papers dp-09-48, Resources For the Future.
    2. Kaiser, Mark J. & Pulsipher, Allan G. & Baumann, Robert H., 2004. "The potential economic and environmental impact of a Public Benefit Fund in Louisiana," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 191-206, January.
    3. Frondel, Manuel & Schmidt, Christoph M., 2005. "Evaluating environmental programs: The perspective of modern evaluation research," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(4), pages 515-526, December.
    4. Kaiser, Mark J. & Pulsipher, Allan G., 2003. "Resource allocation decision modeling for a Louisiana Public Benefit Fund program," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(6), pages 639-667, November.
    5. Haberl, Helmut & Adensam, Heidi & Geissler, Susanne, 1998. "Optimal climate protection strategies for space heating The case of Austria," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 26(15), pages 1125-1135, December.

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