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U.S. manufacturing benefits if utilities can assist them with energy efficiency efforts

As is so often the case with any form of legislation, each individual law represents a compromise built around a coalition of diverse forces. In the case of energy and electricity, one needs to look no further than the way most states reward regulated utilities for providing electricity. Each utility is allowed to make a return on its fixed-cost investments, for each unit of electricity sold, whic......

Full article >>> that utilities and regulators need to be able to treat energy efficiency as a supply side option. Then, we can allow utilities to create and manage a portfolio of energy efficiencies not unlike what we have done with renewables. In Vermont, they call this concept an Efficiency Utility or others call it a virtual power plant or negawatts.

In the case of the California energy crisis, the ......

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Reduced demand for power plants, transmission lines and distribution centers
Reduced costs will stimulate economic development
Increased competitiveness of U.S. enterprises
Reduced emissions that contribute to national and international environmental problems
Creates opportunities for long-term jobs in general and energy efficiency industries in specific

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This important change in energy policy would make the prime creator of electricity, i.e. U.S. utilities, an expert on its consumption. Then, utilities could really assist their manufacturing customers control costs in a time when global competitiveness is essential for U.S. industries.


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'"/> By Stephen Heins 05/24/04

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