Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

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Energy efficiency resource standards (EERS) are state policies that require utilities to meet specific targets for energy savings according to a set schedule. EERS policies establish separate reduction targets for electricity sales, peak electric demand and/or natural gas consumption. In most cases, utilities must achieve energy savings by developing demand-side management (DSM) programs, which typically provide financial incentives to customers to install energy-efficient equipment. An EERS policy is sometimes coupled with a state’s renewables portfolio standard (RPS). In these cases, energy efficiency is typically included as a lower-tier resource. [1]


Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Incentives

Incentive Incentive Type Place Applicable Sector Eligible Technologies Active
Electric Efficiency Standard (Indiana) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Indiana Investor-Owned Utility
Retail Supplier
Boilers
Central Air conditioners
Chillers
Custom/Others pending approval
Dishwasher
Heat pumps
Lighting
Lighting Controls/Sensors
Motor VFDs
Refrigerators
Roofs
LED Exit Signs
Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Food Service Equipment
Room Air Conditioners
Yes
Empower Maryland Efficiency Act (Maryland) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Maryland Utility Yes
Energy Efficiency First Fuel Requirement (Gas and Electric) (Massachusetts) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Massachusetts Investor-Owned Utility
Utility
Yes
Energy Efficiency Goal (Texas) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Texas Investor-Owned Utility Solar Water Heat
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Yes
Energy Efficiency Goals Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Missouri Investor-Owned Utility
Utility
Unspecified technologies Yes
Energy Efficiency Goals (Florida) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Florida Investor-Owned Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Utility
Unspecified technologies Yes
Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (Hawaii) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Hawaii Investor-Owned Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Heat pumps
CHP/Cogeneration
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (New York) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard New York Investor-Owned Utility Yes
Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (Ohio) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Ohio Investor-Owned Utility
Retail Supplier
Custom/Others pending approval
Heat recovery
CHP/Cogeneration
Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Yes
Energy Efficiency Resource Goal (Virginia) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Virginia Investor-Owned Utility Yes
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (California) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard California Investor-Owned Utility Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (Colorado) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Colorado Investor-Owned Utility Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (Minnesota) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Minnesota Investor-Owned Utility
Retail Supplier
Custom/Others pending approval
Heat recovery
CHP/Cogeneration
Unspecified technologies
Yes
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (New Mexico) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard New Mexico Investor-Owned Utility Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (Rhode Island) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Rhode Island Investor-Owned Utility
Utility
Yes
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (Washington) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Washington Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (Delaware) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Delaware Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Unspecified technologies Yes
Energy Efficiency Standard (Illinois) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Illinois Investor-Owned Utility
Retail Supplier
Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Energy Efficiency Standard (Iowa) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Iowa Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal Utility
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Utility
Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Energy Efficiency Standard for Focus on Energy Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Wisconsin Investor-Owned Utility
Utility
Custom/Others pending approval
Anaerobic Digestion
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Landfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
Energy Efficiency Standards (Arizona) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Arizona Investor-Owned Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Energy Efficiency Targets (Arkansas) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Arkansas Investor-Owned Utility Yes
Energy Efficiency Targets (Maine) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Maine Utility Yes
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Requirements for Utilities (Pennsylvania) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Pennsylvania Investor-Owned Utility Unspecified technologies
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Yes
Energy Optimization Standard Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Michigan Investor-Owned Utility
Retail Supplier
Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Energy Reduction Goals (Vermont) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Vermont Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Custom/Others pending approval Yes
Renewable Portfolio Standards - Energy Efficiency Component (Connecticut) Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Connecticut Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal Utility
Retail Supplier
Yes

References

  1. DSIRE Glossary