Energy efficiency is all about doing more with less. It is flattening and reducing electricity demand, even as our population and economy grow. It is creating new jobs while saving businesses and individuals money on their utility bills. And it is the best, fastest and cheapest way to meet our energy needs while reducing climate change pollution.
States across the Midwest require utilities to provide programs that advance energy efficiency. Through these programs, customers are offered a range of incentives to adopt energy efficiency measures, from rebates on more efficient light bulbs (CFLs and LEDs), appliances and industrial equipment to energy audits that assess whole-home or whole-business opportunities to reduce energy use and save money.
What is ELPC Doing?
ELPC works with utilities and public utility commissions across the Midwest to create the best possible programs and strategies to reduce electricity demands and costs. In most states, utilities are required to present multi-year plans to their state utilities board every 3-5 years. ELPC works with utilities and other stakeholders to design these plans, providing expert legal analysis, testimony and advocacy to secure the best possible deal for consumers.
ELPC’s energy team also works to ensure that the strongest possible energy efficiency policies – such as Energy Efficiency Performance Standards or energy efficient building codes – are in place at the local, state and federal levels. ELPC also helped to lead efforts for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs, which have now come online in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
ELPC stands at the ready to defend energy efficiency standards against assaults from powerful interests that do not want energy demands to decrease.