Utility Programs in a World of Rapid, Code-Induced Advancements in Energy Baselines

Paper / September 7, 2012 / Codes And Policy

In recent years, model energy codes – which traditionally require the implementation of specific measures and strategies at the time of new commercial and residential construction – have set the stage for large increases in energy savings as states and municipalities adopt them over time. However this is a double-edged sword for utility programs. Each new state and local mandatory code adoption raises the baseline upon which savings achievements for energy efficiency programs must be measured.

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In recent years, model energy codes – which traditionally require the implementation of specific measures and strategies at the time of new commercial and residential construction – have set the stage for large increases in energy savings as states and municipalities adopt them over time. However this is a double-edged sword for utility programs. Each new state and local mandatory code adoption raises the baseline upon which savings achievements for energy efficiency programs must be measured. This paper lays out the challenges and opportunities for program administrators and utility management in aligning traditional program structures with rapid advances in energy codes.Presented at the 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.