A Follow-Up of the Status of Reliability-Focused Energy Efficiency Programs Launched During the Electricity Crisis of 2001: Implications for Policy

Research Report U031


Marty Kushler and Patti Witte


This study presents the results of a follow-up survey of the 22 reliability-focused energy efficiency programs that ACEEE profiled as case studies in its April 2002 report, Energy Efficiency and Electric System Reliability: A Look at Reliability-Focused Energy Efficiency Programs Used to Help Address the Electricity Crisis of 2001. This report examines recent projections of electric reliability around the U.S. Taken in combination, the results present positive implications for energy efficiency. Actual experience by the case study programs demonstrates that reliability-focused energy efficiency programs can be a practical and viable tool for helping to address electric reliability concerns which, according to current projections, indicate that significant challenges to electric system reliability remain in many regions of the country.