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Energy efficiency is all about doing more with less. Customers can enjoy the same comfort and convenience while using less energy. We can flatten and reduce electricity demand, even as the population and economy grow. We can create new jobs while saving money on utility bills. We can reduce waste while increasing reliability. Energy efficiency is the best, fastest, and cheapest way to meet our energy needs while reducing climate change pollution. As of 2019, the Midwest was home to 526,800 jobs in energy efficiency installation and retrofitting, according to Clean Jobs Midwest.
ELPC works with utilities, public utility commissions, and leaders at every level of government to reduce electricity demands and costs across the Midwest. We fight for strong programs, effective policies, and innovative strategies that increase consumer savings for both residential and commercial customers. These programs save customers money on their bills and help the economy while reducing pollution.
ELPC works to shape ambitious long-term state-wide targets for energy savings across the Midwest in states like Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa. We work on laws to create Energy Efficiency Standards that utilities are required to meet. These standards mean more efficient energy generation, transmission, and distribution. They require utilities to offer customers savings on efficiency products and services that translate to lower customer bills and less pollution.
In most states, utilities are required to present efficiency plans to their state utilities board every 3-5 years. ELPC works with utilities and other stakeholders to design these plans and research impact. We provide expert legal analysis, expert testimony, and advocacy to secure the best possible deal for customers.
Through local PACE programs, property owners can have their buildings assessed for energy savings potential and get financial support to pay for clean energy or efficiency improvements. ELPC has helped bring PACE programs to states across the Midwest, such as Illinois, Michigan, etc.
ELPC led the way in launching the nation’s largest smart thermostat initiative in Northern Illinois, and we’ve helped to create rebate programs in numerous other states like Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa. These innovative technologies keep folks comfortable while saving money and energy.
ELPC works with cities and towns across the Midwest to make municipal infrastructure more efficient, reduce public costs, and set a green example for their communities.
ELPC helped create the first-ever Farm Bill clean energy program in 2002, which we have continued to support as it’s grown with bipartisan votes ever since. Today’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) helps provide funding for all sorts of efficiency investments, from building insulation and light bulbs to efficient machinery and appliances. These programs save people money on their energy bills while reducing climate pollution.