A working paper prepared for the Garrison Institute’s
Climate, Mind and Behavior Program to invite review, comment and discussion
About the Paper
In the United States, energy consumers represent 314 million potential sources of large-scale reductions in electricity demand. Since the turn of the 21st century, a wide range of new and innovative programs has made it easier than ever to help people who we have traditionally thought of as energy consumers become energy savers and in some cases energy producers. But these efforts have hit some important roadblocks. This paper is an effort to describe the opportunities and the roadblocks and to propose a way forward that would help utilities to reshape their relationship with millions of Americans and empower them as partners in achieving America’s energy solutions.
The Garrison Institute’s CMB Program supported the development of this working paper with the goal of helping business leaders, policy makers, and regulatory agencies better understand the opportunities associated with innovative, consumer-oriented engagement strategies and overcome the roadblocks that prevent us from unlocking conservation and efficiency-related energy savings. As documented in the paper, these types of strategies could help utilities, states and the nation to realize the full range of benefits from energy efficiency while lowering the cost of energy services. In this regard we consider this paper to be the first step in a critical dialogue that could revolutionize the relationship between utilities and consumers and between consumers and the energy that they consume.
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