Achieving Energy Efficiency in the Public Power Sector

California's publicly owned utilities (POUs) provide approximately a quarter of statewide retail electricity consumption. Their energy efficiency programs are important in achieving the state's goals of revitalizing the economy and curbing climate change. Since 2006, POUs have spent $885 million on energy efficiency, resulting in 3,400 gigawatt hours (GWh) of reported electricity savings and 652 megawatts (MW) in peak demand reduction.

Graph of Energy Expenditures from 2006 through 2013
Source: Energy Efficiency in California's Public Power Sector Status Reports

POUs spent a combined total of $135 million in 2013 on energy efficiency programs, a 6 percent increase over 2012. POUs electricity savings totaled 521 GWh in 2013, an increase of 18 percent over 2012. POUs also reported a combined 89 MW in peak demand savings, a 10 percent increase over 2012.

Overall, POUs energy efficiency program expenditures are flattening from a peak in 2009. Out of 35 POUs, less than half reported increased expenditures in 2013. The reasons for year-to-year changes in expenditures in energy savings can be different for individual utility and dependent upon their unique characteristics, such as customer base, geographic location, and size.

This website contains background and the most current information on POUs' energy efficiency savings, program expenditures, and progress toward reaching California's energy efficiency goals.

For more information about this proceeding, contact:

Elena Giyenko
Energy Assessments Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS 22
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
Telephone: (916) 654-4401