Seeking to ensure that energy efficiency, and importantly the new tools and opportunities that digital technologies and innovative thinking are uncovering in the efficiency realm, stays top of mind, VEIC has become one of the nation's most trusted voices on how, where, and why to ramp up energy efficiency efforts. To highlight the efforts underway across the country, the latest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast brings in VEIC's CEO, Rebecca Foster.
Energy Efficiency is a key component of every utility across the country, but efficiency programs and departments have been in the power sector for so long that it may be easy to overlook their importance. However, the impact that energy efficiency can have for utilities today is in fact more critical than ever, serving as a key driver toward a myriad of top-level utility goals: decarbonization, grid reliability, customer affordability, the business bottom line, and more. Rebecca notes some of these key opportunities and what entities are blazing the trail:
It's a challenging and exciting time for efficiency programs right now. Challenging because the programs of the past are fading as new codes and standards take effect, and I see many program administrators asking what's next and maybe not having great answers for that question. But it's also a really exciting time, because those changes are forcing innovation and they're forcing new ways of reaching customers. They're breaking down silos and we're seeing things like core energy efficiency programs start to merge with renewables programs or with storage programs or with demand response and flexible load management programs, and that is incredibly exciting. I won't name the laggards, I don't want to get in trouble, but I will say that the leaders that I see are the District of Columbia, California, Hawaii, Vermont, those are all great examples of leaders. VEIC works in each of those states, and what I think really distinguishes them is that those states have recognized that yesterday's efficiency programs can be pivoted to provide the most cost-effective greenhouse gas reductions out there.
This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Episode #89: 'Cranking Up the Impact of Energy Efficiency Across the Country' With Rebecca Foster, CEO of VEIC [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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