Maryland is one of the first states in the U.S. to create a full-on hands approach to better energy efficiency. In 2015, the Maryland Public Service Commission approved an energy efficiency goal to cut utility retail sales by 2 percent annually. Although this is possible, some believe even more can be done.
According to a new report released by the Regulatory Assistance Project, systematic approaches to energy efficiency can make more of a difference than what is currently occurring. In order to make this a reality, definitions would be altered and better investments made to ensure real changes are a real possibility.
The report found that 30 percent of the U.S.'s electricity system goals could be met in 10 years if planned changes were ramped up accordingly. Although it is possible, the change would require both "innovative thinking" and "unwavering commitment," two ideas that were also put forth in the final findings.
How could this actually be done?
For Maryland, the changes would be greater than they already are now. The state would have to determine areas in which increases could be made, as much as 50 percent higher in both programs and products. Other states with plans in place to hit 1 percent or 1.5 percent targets would instead have to double, and in some cases, even triple efforts.
By recognizing the real savings that homeowners can achieve, simply by knowing more about energy efficiency, more change can be made overall.
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