Our state has made great strides over the last year to make energy efficiency a bigger part of the energy picture. With the addition of the policies ACEEE has developed, Ohio can position itself as a leader in saving energy instead of being known as only a consumer of it.
Columbus, Ohio (Vocus) March 25, 2009
An energy efficiency plan laid out by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will help Ohio meet and exceed standards in the state's electric energy law by 2025. The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) has advocated over the last five years increasing the utilization of energy efficiency improvements that would help stabilize consumers' utility bills. These recommendations developed by ACEEE provide concrete rationalization to why strong energy efficiency standards are needed and should be adopted in Ohio.
The report, "Shaping Ohio's Energy Future: Energy Efficiency Works," provides 10 policies that can reduce electricity, save money for residents and government and create jobs if Ohio adopts them. As the nation's fourth largest electricity consumer, Ohio can enhance the steps it has already taken toward energy efficiency if it adopts the policies proposed by the ACEEE.
The policies, if combined with the state's energy efficiency resource standard, could reduce Ohio's consumption by more than 64,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity, save $3.3 billion annually and create more than 32,000 jobs by 2025.
"As the cheapest option to make more electricity available, energy efficiency has a significant role to play in Ohio," said Janine Migden-Ostrander, Consumers' Counsel. "Our state has made great strides over the last year to make energy efficiency a bigger part of the energy picture. With the addition of the policies ACEEE has developed, Ohio can position itself as a leader in saving energy instead of being known as only a consumer of it."
The OCC has been an instrumental part in the development of energy efficiency in Ohio. Each of Ohio's major electric and natural gas utilities - American Electric Power, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Dayton Power & Light, Dominion East Ohio Gas, Duke Energy Ohio, FirstEnergy and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio - have committed to making energy efficiency a part of their overall energy portfolio as a result of the OCC's continued advocacy of energy efficiency in Ohio.
Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce energy bills and make a positive impact on the environment. Programs such as weatherization, home energy audits and rebates for more efficient appliances can help consumers manage their energy bills.
The "Shaping Ohio's Energy Future: Energy Efficiency Works" report is available for download at http://www.aceee.org/pubs/e086.htm.
About the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel
The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), the residential utility consumer advocate, represents the interests of 4.5 million households in proceedings before state and federal regulators and in the courts. The state agency also educates consumers about electric, natural gas, telephone and water issues and resolves complaints from individuals. To receive utility information, brochures, schedule a presentation or file a utility complaint, residential consumers may call 1-877-PICKOCC (1-877-742-5622) toll free in Ohio or visit the OCC Web site at http://www.pickocc.org.
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