Monday, July 31, 2006

Utilities as 'primary' suppliers of energy efficiency?

It might have taken this summer's second heat spell to go public with it, but better late than never for the National Action Plan for Enegy Efficiency launching today, July 31. It's led a group of utility companies, regulators, non-governmental organizations and others with Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers Iowa Utilities Board member Diane Munns at the helm. Ms. Helms also is the current president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

How will utilities be motivated to sell efficiency when either 1) subsidiaries already sell those services as lesser-regulated businesses or, if the subsidiaries don't, 2) the utility loses money when they discourage consumption is just one of the challenges that loom. Stay tuned for updates through this fall and winter and into 2007.

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