Transforming the Rural Energy Economy through Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources

Fact Sheet


The electric power sector is undergoing rapid transformation, in part because of the increased use of technologies that can be located closer to the customer, such as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Because of its reliability and low cost, energy efficiency can help scale up clean energy technologies as the market continues to develop. This fact sheet describes how coordinating energy efficiency and renewable energy resources can reduce energy burdens, increase local ownership of electricity generation, and reduce a building’s energy use to make it possible for renewables to meet remaining energy needs.