UTILITIES IN TEXAS MEET THEIR 2007 GOAL FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency programs offered by the investor owner utilities in Texas in 2007 resulted in 167 MW of demand reduction and 427.9 GWh of annual energy conservation, according to reports filed at the Public Utilities Commission of Texas. This exceeds the demand reduction goal for energy efficiency programs established by the state legislature of 136 MW by 23%. This year's programs have also accounted for over 600,000 lbs. of nitrogen oxide emissions reduction. Utilities offering energy efficiency programs in Texas include Oncor Electric, Centerpoint Energy, AEP, Xcel, Entergy Gulf States, El Paso Electric, and Texas-New Mexico Power Company. Combined, these utilities have spent over $80 million in order to achieve these strong results.
Energy efficiency programs are off to an exceptional start in 2008. Financial incentives remain high and are available for qualifying projects in commercial and industrial facilities in many of the state's utility service areas.
For further information about these programs and links to utility program websites, please visit www.texasefficiency.com.
2006 Energy Efficiency Accomplishments Report
Energy Efficiency Accomplishments
In 2006, the nine Texas investor-owned utilities (IOUs) exceeded their statewide legislative energy efficiency goals for the fourth straight year. The utilities achieved 164 Megawatts (MW) of peak demand reduction, which was 27% above their 129 MW goal, and 366 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy reduction. These energy savings correspond to an equivalent reduction of 551,317 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions per year.
Most of the utilities' programs involve financial incentives, which were paid to project sponsors to offset the costs of a variety of energy efficiency improvements. The total amount of incentive funds expended to achieve 2006 savings was just over $60 million.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized four utilities in 2006 for their ENERGY STAR Home Programs. They were CenterPoint Energy Company, TXU Electric Delivery Company (now Oncor Electric Delivery), Entergy Gulf States, Inc, and Texas-New Mexico Power Company. CenterPoint was also recognized by the EPA with a "Sustained Excellence Award".
As of January 1, 2007, the utility programs implemented after electric industry restructuring in Texas had produced 756 MW of peak demand reduction and 2,005 GWh of electricity savings for the years 1999 though 2006. This translates to approximately 2,660 tons of NOx emissions reductions.