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The ACEEE Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard: How Does Your Utility Rank?

The ACEEE Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard: How Does Your Utility Rank?

By Vanessa Peng

How energy efficient is your utility provider? If you aim to save energy at your facility and be a more sustainable business, it is nice to know if your local utility provider is on the same page. An energy efficient utility provider will offer your facility more robust incentives for energy efficient upgrades than less energy efficient utility providers.

Every year, the ACEEE Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks U.S. electric utilities on their energy policies, efficiency efforts, and how much they commit to saving energy. The scorecard was developed by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. According to their website, the ACEEE is a nonprofit organization that, “acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.”

The Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard looks at the 52 largest U.S. electric utilities and ranks them based on the energy efficiency program performance, program offerings or portfolio comprehensiveness, and enabling mechanisms for efficiency. 

The is the second Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, with the inaugural done in 2017. Even though this ACEEE scorecard is relatively new, the organization has several well-established scorecards, including the City Clean Energy Scorecard, the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard if you’re interested in how your city, state, or the U.S. ranks in energy efficiency.

In the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, Eversource MA and National Grid MA tied for the number one spot for the second time. According to the ACEEE, the utilities operate under a strong policy framework and achieved over 3 percent energy savings.

The other top 10 utilities include San Diego Gas & and Electric, Commonwealth Edison, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), DTE Energy, Portland General Electric, and Eversource CT.

Out of the 52 utilities in the Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, LADWP and Consumers Energy in Michigan were the most improved.

The ACEEE found that when compared with 2017, utilities increased their energy savings and began seeing the importance of promoting electric vehicles.

If your utility isn’t in the top 10 and you’re curious to see how it ranked, please check out this link from the ACEEE.

If you would like to learn more about incentives and rebates offered by your local utility and how you can take advantage of them to complete an energy efficiency improvement project at your facility, U.S. Energy Recovery can help. We have a whole team of specialists dedicated to finding and applying for incentives for you. 

The incentives process can be tedious, confusing, and frustrating. Let us help you get the largest rebate available to you. Whether it’s lighting, solar, or energy storage, we offer turnkey packages that include design, installation, recycling, incentive management, and maintenance. Contact us today at (800) 834-8737 to get the conversation started!

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