Examining the Potential for Energy Efficiency to Help Address the Natural Gas Crisis in the Midwest

Research Report U051


Marty Kushler, Dan York, and Patti Witte


This report presents the findings of a targeted study of the potential effects of an aggressive but achievable energy efficiency intervention in eight Midwest states: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, and WI. Results indicate that a sustained multi-year effort producing annual savings of about 1% per year in electricity and natural gas consumption could produce billions of dollars in direct savings and up to a 13% reduction in natural gas market prices. Results are presented by state and for the region as a whole.