Final Report: Vermont Electric Energy Efficiency Potential Study

This technical report was prepared for the Vermont Department of Public Service (VDPS) by GDS Associates, Inc and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

Editor's Note: The complete report and accompanying power point presentation are available below.

This study estimates the achievable cost effective potential for electric energy and peak demand savings from energy-efficiency and fuel conversion measures in Vermont. The primary cost effectiveness test used for screening of energy efficiency measures is the Vermont Societal Test.  Energy-efficiency opportunities typically are physical, long-lasting changes to buildings and equipment that result in decreased energy use while maintaining the same or improved levels of energy service. The study shows that there is still significant savings potential in Vermont for cost effective electric energy-efficiency and fuel conversion measures. The technical potential savings for electric energy efficiency measures in Vermont is 35 percent of projected 2015 kWh sales in the State, and the cost effective achievable potential is 19 percent of projected 2015 kWh sales. 

Based on cost effectiveness screening using the Vermont Societal Test, capturing the achievable cost effective potential for energy efficiency in Vermont would reduce electric energy use by 19 percent (1,287 GWh annually) by 2015.  The magnitude of the potential savings is higher than results reported for recent studies for many other States (see Table 1-7 for the results of other recent studies). Load reductions from load management and demand response measures, which were not analyzed in this study, would be in addition to these energy efficiency savings. Table 1-1 below provides a summary of the achievable cost effective energy efficiency and fuel conversion potential savings for Vermont by the year 2015. In developing the estimates of achievable cost effective savings potential, GDS considered savings opportunities from market driven, retrofit, early retirement  and fuel conversion energy efficiency program strategies. This report also presents estimates of the achievable cost effective potential based upon screening using the Total Resource Cost Test, the Utility Test, and the Participant Test. ........................

Final Report 05 10 2006

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MAY 10 2006
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