Over the next decade a host of federal air regulations will update limits on the emissions of multiple pollutants from stationary sources such as power plants and industrial facilities. These air regulations create a demand for low-cost and rapidly deployable emissions reduction measures. Fortunately, most of these regulations provide the electric power and industrial sectors with an opportunity to reduce the costs of compliance through end-use energy efficiency. Energy efficiency proves to be a least-cost resource when compared with new generation and reduces energy demand, offsetting the amount of electricity that must be generated from existing facilities. This avoids emissions from multiple regulated air pollutants.
Unfortunately, quantifying the emissions benefits from energy efficiency is not straightforward and the multi-pollutant and energy savings benefits from efficiency are often overlooked. To help with this issue ACEEE is developing resources and materials to aid states, regulators, policymakers, facility owners, and other stakeholders to understand and assess their options for using energy efficiency to meet air quality goals.
This page will be updated with new technical resources that will help "clear the air" and illuminate the environmental benefits of energy efficiency.