Today, Choose Energy writer Terri Williams begins a two-part series on Texas energy efficiency. Today’s article discusses the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard and how Texas implements it.
In 1999, Texas became the first state to implement an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). Texas Senate Bill 7 required electric utilities to offset 10% of load growth through end-use energy efficiency. The bill also deregulated most of the electric utilities serving residents in the state.
Texas is one of 26 states with a mandatory EERS, although it does not apply to both electric and natural gas utilities. Moreover, the EERS does not require electric utilities to achieve more than 1% annual savings each year.
“Energy Efficiency Resource Standards are critical policy levers to take advantage of our cheapest, quickest and easiest tools to meet our energy needs, cut utility bills, and avoid pollution,” says Pat Remick at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
“While people realize smarter energy use makes sense, an EERS ensures progress in this critical area,” Remick explains.