State Policy Description

Hawaii - Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

Description

Energy efficiency is often considered an objective of our public utilities – yet, there may not be a real incentive to the utility to make their consumers more productive or efficient users of electricity because that means selling less and reducing revenues. If legislatures want to ensure a more productive and efficient system that is taking advantage of the latest technological innovations, they may want to require that a utility demonstrate a percent reduction in demand through efficiency programs or “demand side” programs. This is considered an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) – for example: x utility will achieve a 10% reduction in demand (or demand growth) over the next 10 years. For more information, see the full policy brief.

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