California's publicly owned utilities (POUs) provide approximately a quarter of statewide retail electricity consumption. Their energy efficiency programs are important in achieving the state's goals of revitalizing the economy and curbing climate change. Since 2006, POUs have spent $2.1 billion on energy efficiency and demand reduction programs, resulting in 7,545 gigawatt hours (GWh) of reported first year electricity savings and 1,390 megawatts (MW) in peak demand reduction.
In 2019, POUs spent a combined total of $261 million on energy efficiency programs. POUs’ electricity savings totaled 646 GWh in 2019. POUs also reported a combined 147 MW in peak demand savings. Since 2006, POUs have avoided development of 1,390 MW of generation resources to serve peak demand.
POUs serve diverse communities across California with unique characteristics, such as customer base, geographic location, and size. Pursuant to California Public Utilities Code §9505, POUs are required to report annually to customers and the CEC:
- Investments in energy efficiency and demand reduction programs.
- Descriptions of each energy efficiency and demand reduction program, program expenditures, cost-effectiveness of each program, and expected and actual energy efficiency savings and demand reduction results.
- Sources for funding of energy efficiency and demand reduction programs.
- Methodologies and input assumptions used to determine cost-effectiveness of programs.
- A comparison of the POUs’ annual energy efficiency targets and the POUs’ reported electricity efficiency savings and demand reductions.
This web page contains background and the most current information on POUs' energy efficiency savings, program expenditures, and progress toward reaching California's energy efficiency goals.