Iowa’s municipal gas and electric utilities continue to provide energy efficiency programs to help their customers save energy. Between 2010 and 2014 municipal electric utilities spent $28,878,585 on energy efficiency/demand response, and these measures are projected to save 2,038,000 MWh over there lifetime. The programs also reduced peak demand by 119 MW. In the same period, municipal gas utilities spent $3,723,816 on energy efficiency, and the measures are projected to save 27,812,881 Therms over their lifetime. In addition to saving customers energy, cost effective energy efficiency programs can help utilities lower the cost to serve their customers. Typically the cost to save energy is less than the cost to produce an equivalent amount of energy. In 2014 the median municipal utility cost to save electricity was just 1.7 cents per kWh. Similarly the 2014 median cost to save natural gas was just 11.5 cents per Therm.
These results along with detailed results for each municipal utility were filed with the Iowa Utilities Board on December 31, 2015, in a biennial municipal utility energy efficiency report. The report also contains new energy efficiency goals for 2016 and 2017. This filing was made pursuant to Iowa Code 476.6 subsection 16, paragraph c. The joint report is posted on IAMU’s website: http://members.iamu.org/?page=EE_Reporting. Click on “2016 Biennial Energy Efficiency Report”.