With funding from the Energy, Kresge, and Turner Foundations, the Climate & Energy Policy Lab partnered with Duke University to analyze the opportunity for improving Energy Efficiency in the South. Our research focused on the size of the South’s energy-efficiency resources and the types of policies that could convert this potential resource into reality over the next 20 years. We limit the scope of our analysis to energy-efficiency improvements in three sectors: residential and commercial buildings and industry. Our rigorous modeling approach – applied uniformly across the multi-state region and accompanied by a detailed documentation of assumptions and methods – separates this study from many previous assessments of energy-efficiency potential.
The major findings are listed below:
- Aggressive energy-efficiency initiatives in the South could prevent energy consumption in the RCI sectors from growing over the next twenty years.
- Fewer new power plants would be needed with a commitment to energy efficiency.
- Increased investments in cost-effective energy efficiency would generate jobs and cut utility bills.
- Energy efficiency would result in significant water savings.
With nine energy-efficiency policies, we estimate that energy consumption in the South over the next 20 years could be stabilized. This flat consumption trajectory represents a 16% reduction in energy consumption in 2030 relative to the reference forecast, or a savings of 5,600 trillion Btu (that is, 5.6 quads) in that year.
- Full Report: Energy Efficiency in the South
- Energy Efficiency in the South Appendices
- State Profile: Alabama
- State Profile: Arkansas
- State Profile: Washington D.C.
- State Profile: Delaware
- State Profile: Florida
- State Profile: Georgia
- State Profile: Kentucky
- State Profile: Louisiana
- State Profile: Maryland
- State Profile: Mississippi
- State Profile: North Carolina
- State Profile: Oklahoma
- State Profile: South Carolina
- State Profile: Tennessee
- State Profile: Texas
- State Profile: Virginia
- State Profile: West Virginia
- Dr. Marilyn A. Brown: marilyn.brown [at] pubpolicy.gatech.edu
- Etan Gumerman: etan.gumerman [at] duke.edu
- Xiaojing Sun
- Youngsun Baek
- Joy Wang
- Rodrigo Cortes
- Diran Soumo