History of Energy Efficiency Programs

SPEER has undertaken an historical review and examination of the investor owned utilities (IOU) energy efficiency programs since 2002. As a result of this review and examination, SPEER has produced a series of policy briefs which highlight certain aspects of the implementation, cost, and effectiveness of utility administered efficiency programs in Texas. This series seeks to expand awareness and understanding of the impacts of energy efficiency programs, the regulations and rules shaping those programs, and the effects of the changes that have been made to regulate these programs over the years.

The data which underlies this policy brief series was collected and compiled by SPEER staff from annual reports the IOUs are required to file with the Public Utilities Commission of Texas. This collection of data will be maintained and updated annually by SPEER staff as new energy efficiency program reports become available. The resulting dataset may be useful to others interested in the IOU energy efficiency programs in Texas and SPEER will share this data with other stakeholders who would like to study it further.

 This series of policy briefs provides policymakers, academics, and other energy efficiency stakeholders with a clear, objective look at significant aspects of IOU administered energy efficiency programs in Texas. This series will also provide a foundation of information for those interested in evaluating the policy, performance and potential associated with these utility programs in Texas.

Each brief will be published and posted here as they are completed, and will include the following topics:

Take a look at this video clip created by Direct Energy ¬†“The Journey to a Competitive Electricity Market in Texas” regarding the history of energy efficiency in Texas.