Presentation on theme: "Energy Efficiency Policy Trends A Look Nationally"— Presentation transcript:
1 Energy Efficiency Policy Trends A Look Nationally Katrina PielliClean Energy Program ManagerClimate Protection Partnerships DivisionU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyFlorida PSC Energy Efficiency Initiatives WorkshopNovember 29, 2007
2 Agenda Today’s energy challenges and EE Issues Garnering Increased Interest“Quick start” EE programsAligning utility incentives with EEIncorporating EE as a resource in utility planning processesCost-effectiveness testsState examplesResources and Summary
3 Quick, cheap, and clean resource Energy efficiency is vast Energy Efficiency is a Key Part of the Solution to Today’s Energy ChallengesEnvironmentalLower carbon emissions and criteria pollutantsLower water useEconomicSavings to customersLower cost (about half) compared to new G&TDownward pressure on natural gas prices and volatilityImproved local economy, using local laborBenefits low–income, seniorsUtility System BenefitsNear-term tool with persistent, long-term benefitsImproved security of systemsLower baseload and peak demandReduce need for “hard to site” G&T assetsTargeted, modular, manageableRisk ManagementDiversifies utility resource portfoliosZero carbon emissionsQuick, cheap, and clean resourceEnergy efficiency is vast
4 Large Potential for Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency McKinsey Global Institute’s Curbing Global Energy Demand Growth: The Energy Productivity Opportunity (May 07) - By capturing the potential available from existing technologies with an internal rate of return of 10% or more, we could cut global energy demand by half or more over the next 15 years.ACEEE’s Energy Efficiency’s Role in a Carbon Cap-and-Trade System (May 06) - Doubling efficiency would cut load growth by about two-thirds in 2024, from about 20% to about 6% above 2006 levels.Report of the Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee to the Western Governors Association (WGA) (June 06) - By adopting the WGA's best practices scenario in the 18 WGA states, load growth could be reduced by as much as 75% over the next 15 years.
5 Despite Potential, Utility Sector Energy Efficiency Has Declined Annual Spending on Utility Sector Energy Efficiency Programs (2005 real dollars)Source: Data from ACEEE 2005 Scorecard adjusted for inflation using U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator
6 Programs Help Overcome Key Barriers Limiting Efficiency ENERGY STARHelps homeowners reduce energy use by 10, 20, or 30% while purchasing products, home improvements, or buying a new homeHelps businesses, public sector, schools reduce energy use by 10% or moreOvercomes lack of information, competing vendor claims, split incentivesBroad-based platform with government-backed credibility and network of retailers and manufacturers to leverageImportant utility barriers remainExisting electricity and gas regulations / market rules provide additional financial incentives for supply-side resourcesView that EE is not a reliable, measurable, cost effective resourceConcern that EE will raise ratesLack of good documentation and guidance on demand-side programsBarriers important to address – do not go away with carbon regulation
7 Today’s energy challenges and EE Issues Garnering Increased Interest “Quick start” EE programsAligning utility incentives with EEIncorporating EE as a resource in utility planning processesCost-effectiveness testsState examplesResources and Summary
8 “Quick start” EE programs “Quick Start“ programs are a basic set of programs that:Are quick to get off the groundOffer measurable benefits in the near-termCan be expanded to a broader and more comprehensive set of programs over a few yearsAR PSC completed a successful collaborative in 2006 which resulted in EE rulemaking in June 07.Quick Start EE programs filed by 4 electric & 3 gas utilities;Approved statewide EE education program and weatherization program for Severely Energy-Inefficient Houses;Allows for cost recovery via rate rider.
9 “Quick start” EE programs (2) Residential SectorPromoting the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualifying lighting and appliances through existing supply channels with financial incentives for some products, coupled with education and outreachPromoting retirement and recycling of old and inefficient appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners through turn-in incentive programs.Promoting proper functioning of existing residential HVAC equipment, as well as proper sizing and installation of new equipment.Developing pilot-scale initiatives to promote comprehensive home energy improvements for existing homes through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.Developing pilot-scale initiatives to promote the construction of ENERGY STAR qualified new homes (both site built and manufactured) through builder networks.
10 “Quick start” EE programs (3) Commercial SectorOffering prescriptive incentives for lighting and HVAC measures to a broad range of commercial facilities along with education and/or technical assistance to promote increased efficiency in lighting and HVAC system design.Offering prescriptive incentives to promote the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualifying commercial food service equipment for use in restaurants, hotels/hospitality venues, schools, and other applicable commercial or institutional facilities.Developing pilot-scale initiatives to facilitate whole-building energy performance using the ENERGY STAR building performance rating system, coupled with incentives for energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems, and general education about building tune-ups and/or retrocommissioning to improve building operation and maintenance.Promoting power management of computer monitors through direct outreach to large end users and online tools for smaller end users, along with education about additional opportunities for saving energy through purchase and proper use of ENERGY STAR qualifying office products.
11 Today’s energy challenges and EE Issues Garnering Increased Interest “Quick start” EE programsAligning utility incentives with EEIncorporating EE as a resource in utility planning processesCost-effectiveness testsState examplesResources and Summary
12 Aligning utility incentives with EE investment Increased interest in broad topic by many stakeholders (Commissions, utilities, legislators, non-profits, etc)Renewed interest in exploring decouplingIdaho Power pilot in IDLegislation in CT, NY, MNFiling by Pepco in MD and DCDocket in IALRAM seems to be out of favorLarge variety of approaches for performance incentivesCA – Rewards and penalties based on a) how well the utility met CPUC established energy savings targets; b) the economic benefits generated from the utility’s EE portfolioNV – Enhanced RORXcel Energy filings in NM and CO
13 The Status of EE Cost Recovery and Incentive Mechanisms for IOUsSource: Aligning Utility Incentives with Investment in Energy Efficiency - a Product of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
15 Idaho Power PilotMechanism adopted to address impacts of EE program-induced changes in sales - should not be viewed as decoupling in the broadest sense of that term.Mechanism focused specifically on recovery of lost fixed cost revenues.PUC initiated proceeding in August 2004 to investigate financial disincentives to investment in EE by Idaho Power Company. Held a series of workshops and a written report was filed in early 2005.Parties agreed there were disincentives preventing higher EE investment by Idaho Power, but no agreement was reached on whether or not the return of lost fixed cost revenues would result in removing the disincentives.Parties agreed to conduct a simulation of the proposed mechanism, the results of which indicated that lost fixed cost revenues in fact produced barriers to EE investments and, therefore, a three-year pilot mechanism to allow recovery of fixed cost revenue losses should be approved.
16 Idaho Power Pilot (2)Idaho Power filed in January of 2006 and requested authority to implement a Fixed Cost Adjustment (FCA) decoupling or true-up mechanism for its residential and small general service customers.PUC approved the FCA as a three-year pilot program.Program implementation began on January and will last through December 31, 2009 plus any carryover.The first rate adjustment will occur June 1, 2008 and subsequent rate adjustments will occur on June 1 of each year during the term of the pilot.FCA is applicable to residential and small general service customers, as the Company noted that these two classes present the most fixed cost exposure for the Company.FCA is designed to provide symmetric rate adjustment (up or down) when fixed cost recovery per customer varies above or below a Commission established level.FCA mechanism incorporates a 3% cap on annual increases with carryover of unrecovered deferred costs to subsequent years.
17 CA Risk/Reward Incentive Mechanism CPUC decision issued September 20, 2007RewardFirst opportunity if utility exceeds 85% of CPUC goals.Reward of 9% of the total net benefits generated from its portfolio.At 100% or above CPUC goalsReward of 12% of the total net benefits generated from its portfolio.Total rewards across all IOUs for each 3-yr program cycle capped at $450 millionPenaltySavings below 65% of CPUC goals = penalty.Larger of either: 1) summed per unit penalty for every kWh, kW and therm below goals; 2) any positive net costs to the EE portfoliosTotal penalties across all IOUs for each 3-yr program cycle capped at $450 million.DeadbandNo reward or penalty if performance 65%-85% of CPUC goals.
18 CA Risk/Reward Incentive Mechanism (2) 85% of goal65% of goal
19 HI DSM DocketHI PUC Docket -- DSM Programs and Recovery of Program Costs and DSM Utility Incentives. 2 years to reach decision.Decision on February 13, 2007Established EE goals for the “HECO Companies” until their next IRP docketsSelected the appropriate market structures for providing DSM programsDetermined the cost recovery mechanisms for utility recovery of utility-incurred DSM program costsDetermined the types of costs that are appropriate for utility recovery of utility-incurred DSM program costsEstablished the appropriate DSM incentive mechanism for the HECO CompaniesDetermined that HECO’s proposed EE DSM programs are likely to achieve the EE goals and be cost-effectiveEstablished the appropriate cost level for HECO’s utility-incurred costs in base ratesApproved HECO’s proposed DSM utility incentive, with modificationsApproved HECO’s Proposed EE DSM Programs and Residential Customer Energy Awareness Program, with modifications
20 HI DSM Docket (2)EE goals until next IRP: Based on MW and MWh savings that HECO Companies’ proposed EE programs could and would achieve.C&I: ,549 MWh, 13,041 MW; 2008 – 137,324 MWh, 19,563 MW.Residential: 2007 – 50,553, 13,336; 2008 – 66,914, 18, 068Non-Utility Market Structure for administering EE programs by Jan 2009.Deferred decoupling for possible consideration in future.Shared savings mechanism to serve as an incentive.Cost-effectiveness of EE Portfolio: IRP framework requires use of 5 tests - utility cost, rate impact measure, participant impact, societal cost and total resource cost.Most weight given to TRC.Program Portfolio filed has benefit-to-cost rations above 1 for all tests but RIM.
21 Today’s energy challenges and EE Issues Garnering Increased Interest “Quick start” EE programsAligning utility incentives with EEIncorporating EE as a resource in utility planning processesCost-effectiveness testsState examplesResources and Summary
22 Incorporate EE as a resource in utility planning processes Renewed interest in treating EE as a resource in planningCA loading orderWA ballot initiative 937 – conservation is resource of first choiceNC IRP – comparison of demand and supply side options to determine the least-cost, long-term set of resources neededISO New England Forward Capacity Market – EE can bid in as a resource to provide capacityTVA Board approved goal of 1200 MW demand reduction through EE and DR in 5 years.
23 Incorporate EE as a resource in utility planning processes (2) WI legislation requires the PSC to conduct EE planning every four years; results incorporated into Strategic Energy Assessment by PSC.AR PSC decision in June Resource Planning Guidelines, directs utilities to give “comparable consideration” to demand and supply resources and to assess “ all reasonably useful and economic supply and demand resources that may be available to a utility or its customers,” and to identify and investigate resources including “energy efficiency, conservation, demand-side management, interruptible load, and price responsive demand.”
24 Incorporate EE as a resource in utility planning processes (3) Data necessary to integrate EE into resource planning are readily availableCost and savings dataPotential studies for what is achievable through EE measuresEnergy, capacity and non-energy benefits can justify robust EE programsClear path to funding is needed to establish a budget for EE resourcesIntegrate EE early in the resource planning process to capture the full valueUpdate resource plan as information changes
25 Today’s energy challenges and EE Issues Garnering Increased Interest “Quick start” EE programsAligning utility incentives with EEIncorporating EE as a resource in utility planning processesCost-effectiveness testsState examplesResources and Summary
26 Importance of cost-effectiveness tests Several tests for evaluating EE cost-effectiveness, each reflect a different stakeholder perspective on the impact of EE.Common misperception that there is a single best perspective for evaluation of cost-effectiveness. Each test is useful and accurate, but the results of each test are intended to answer a different set of questions.Amount of cost-effective EE is different depending on perspectiveCriteria for defining cost-effectiveness - the California Standard Practice Manual is authoritative sourceMany other states now also refer to the California Standard Practice Manual as the source of their own cost-effectiveness criteria.The California criteria include five major tests.
27 Snapshot of states use of cost tests No specific test/s required:KY, PA, ME, IL, ND, OK, ID, WY, NC, SCAll 5 tests required:VA, IN, MN, CA, HI, GADoesn’t include info. from: MD, WV, MI, NE, OH, SD, AK, NV, TX, UT, WA, AL, LA, MS, TN
28 -Is it worth it to the customer to install EE? Cost TestQuestions AddressedParticipant Cost Test-Is it worth it to the customer to install EE?-Is the customer likely to want to participate in a utility program that promotes EE?Ratepayer Impact Measure-What is the impact of the EE project on the utility’s operating margin?-Would the project require an increase in rates to reach the same operating margin?Utility Cost Test-Do total utility costs increase or decrease?-What is the change in total customer bills required to keep the utility whole (the change in revenue requirement)?Total Resource Cost Test-What is the regional benefit of the EE project including the net costs and benefits to the utility and its customers?-Are all of the benefits greater than all of the costs (regardless of who pays the costs and who receives the benefits)?-Is more or less money required by the region to pay for energy needs?Societal Cost Test-What is the overall benefit to the community of the EE project, including indirect benefits?-Are all of the benefits, including indirect benefits, greater than all of the costs (regardless of who pays the costs and who receives the benefits)?Source: Guide to Resource Planning with Energy Efficiency - a Product of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
29 Today’s energy challenges and EE Issues Garnering Increased Interest “Quick start” EE programsAligning utility incentives with EEIncorporating EE as a resource in utility planning processesCost-effectiveness testsState examplesResources and Summary
30 Energy Efficiency in Arizona Policy Overview:In September 1999, the Arizona Corporation Commission ordered utilities to include a system benefits charge (SBC) in their restructuring plans to fund demand side management programs, consumer education, etc.The bulk of the SBC funding for IOUs finances the Environmental Portfolio Standard, which requires all utility companies that sell retail electricity in Arizona to generate a percentage of their electricity from renewable resources. There is no set percentage for EE programs. However, the public benefits fund for Salt River Project (the second largest utility in Arizona) does support several energy efficiency programs.: 2.5-3% reduction in energy use for state buildings: ~10% reduction in energy use for state buildings
31 Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) In June 2003, APS filed an application for a rate increase and a settlement agreement was signed between APS and the involved parties in August The settlement agreement issued in April 2005, includes:An annual $10 million base rate DSM allowance for the costs of approved “eligible DSM-related items,” defined as the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs that reduce the use of electricity by means of energy efficiency products, services, or practices. Performance incentives are included as an allowable expense.In addition to expending the annual $10 million base rate allowance, APS is obligated to spend, on average, at least another $6 million annually on approved eligible DSM-related items. These additional amounts are to be recovered through a DSM adjustment mechanism.
32 Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) Programs implemented by APS:ENERGY STAR New HomesENERGY STAR Lighting (CFLs) rebatesENERGY STAR HVAC rebatesHome Performance with ENERGY STAR program is currently being developedFrom , APS set the following goals for its DSM Portfolio:3,435,000 MWh in lifetime savings51.7 MW in peak demand savings, and$68 million in net benefits
33 Energy Efficiency in Nevada Policy Overview:In 2001, the Nevada legislature enacted resource portfolio standard legislation.In 2005 this law was amended to increase the portfolio requirement, but also to allow the utilities to use EE programs to help meet the requirements.Under the new law, renewable energy and EE is required to meet 20% of the state's electricity needs by The contribution from EE measures to meet the portfolio standard is capped at one-quarter of the total standard in any particular year.
34 Energy Efficiency in Nevada Nevada is the only state currently that allows recovery of EE program costs using capitalization as well as a bonus return on those costs.Over the past several years, spending on EE programs has risen substantially, due to:Rapid growth in electricity demandAttempts by Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power to maximize the contribution of EE to resource portfolio requirements as those requirements grow.
35 Energy Efficiency in Nevada Utility EE investments are mainly a product of IRP process.The addition of the resource portfolio requirement and the ability to meet up to 25% of that requirement provides further incentive to pursue EE investment.Most incurred costs associated with EE programs are recoverable pursuant to the Nevada Administrative CodeA utility may seek to recover any costs associated with approved programs for conservation and DSM, including labor, overhead, materials, incentives paid to customer, advertising, and program monitoring and evaluation.
36 Energy Efficiency in Nevada Programs implemented (Nevada Power/Sierra Pacific Power):ENERGY STAR Appliance rebatesENERGY STAR Lighting (CFLs and fixtures) rebatesENERGY STAR Plus Homes ProgramNevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power Energy Savings:2003: 35 GWh/yr, 16 MW2004: 78 GWh/yr, 21 MW2005: 93 GWh/yr, 33 MW
37 Today’s energy challenges and EE Issues Garnering Increased Interest “Quick start” EE programsAligning utility incentives with EEIncorporating EE as a resource in utility planning processesCost-effectiveness testsState examplesResources and Summary
38 Resources National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Guides and Papers National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency ReportAligning Utility Incentives with Energy Efficiency InvestmentResource Planning with Energy EfficiencyConducting Potential Studies for Cost-Effective Energy EfficiencyModel Energy Efficiency Program EvaluationNational Action Plan Vision for 2025EPA Clean Energy-Environment Guide to ActionSections on Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards, Public Benefits Funds for Energy Efficiency, Portfolio Management Strategies and Utility Incentives for Demand-Side Resources.
39 Summary Growing momentum across the country Interest in learning how to increase use of EERecognition that EE is a valuable part of energy mix and is one key as the nation addresses climate change solutions
40 For More Information Katrina Pielli U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyClean Energy Program Manager(202)