The Curse of the TRC
Archaic utility cost effectiveness-testing is killing effective energy efficiency programs
Install high-efficiency showerheads and faucets in the average U.S. house, and the water meter will report about 6,000 gallons of water saved in one year. Not bad. But the savings continue. If the house has an electric water heater, the electric meter will show about 600 kilowatt-hours savings; if it's a gas heater, the savings will be 30 therms. [continue reading]
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) serves roughly 60,000 residential customers with electric water heaters, each consuming up to 5,500 kWh annually. [continue reading]
Residential utility customers who receive rebates for installing energy-efficient appliances in 1993 will no longer have to share a cut with Uncle Sam because under the newly enacted Federal Energy Policy Act, the rebates aren't taxable. [continue reading]
The Snohomish County Public Utility District, an electric utility in Everett, Washington, unexpectedly dropped its conservation plans for 1994 after failing to negotiate a new contract with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for a "conservation power plant." [continue reading]
Over the past decade, a number of utilities in the United States and Canada have successfully implemented programs to collect and dismantle old refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners from their residential customers. [continue reading]
The Michigan Public Service Commission examined the potential of picking up operating, second refrigerators in the mid-1980s. [continue reading]
As part of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) high efficiency refrigerator program, the district offers an incentive of $100 to customers who trade in an older refrigerator in conjunction with the purchase of a new model. [continue reading]
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