Powering Forward: POUs are critical to California’s energy efficency progress

Publicly owned utilities (POUs) in California play a critical role in advancing energy efficiency. The 38 POUs that report electricity-savings data provide power to nearly one-quarter of the state’s population. Our analysis shows that over the past 12 years, POU energy efficiency programs—which help people use less energy while getting the same or better services—have…

New Report: California’s Publicly Owned Utilities making great energy efficiency strides, but significant potential remains to save money and cut pollution

“The POUs have invested almost $1.6 billion in efficiency programs since then, yielding $4.3 billion in total benefits or approximately $3 billion after accounting for the cost of the programs, a return of nearly $3 for every $1 invested. If the POUs achieve their cumulative 2018–2027 energy efficiency targets, they will save an additional 8,000…
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