The International Energy Agency (IEA) has recently released its report
on global energy efficiency programs implemented by energy providers,
relying on survey findings and analysis provided by Nexant.
In conjunction with the report's release, Nexant Vice-President Peter du
Pont presented a review of the programs at the June 2013 Asia Clean
Energy Forum at the Asian Development Bank in Manila.
The report, Energy Provider-Delivered Energy Efficiency: A global
stock-taking based on case studies, provides a valuable window into
the methods energy providers are using to design and deliver energy
savings programs internationally.
Nexant supported the IEA report team by surveying energy providers
around the world to identify innovative energy savings programs and
analyze key trends. The team considered 250 energy-saving activities,
and developed 41 detailed case studies across 18 countries, including
North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. Taken
together, the projects included in these case studies represent more
than a billion U.S. dollars in annual spending, or about 8% of estimated
global energy provider expenditure on energy efficiency.
Although regulatory compliance was the primary driver for energy
providers to deliver energy efficiency in most cases, it was by no means
the only driver. Market mecanisms and financial incentives, business
retention and development, voluntary agreements, and community relations
also played key roles, as did sustainability policies, demand
management, and system operations issues.
The case studies revealed that advice and assistance were the most
common energy savings activities-often complemented by other activities
such as equipment replacement, bulk procurement and distribution, and
financial incentives. On-bill financing is also being increasingly
implemented by energy providers, who can take advantage of customer
billing systems already in place to finance energy efficiency projects.
"Energy providers are well-positioned to deliver energy efficiency
because of their role in the energy marketplace, their strong technical
and administrative capacity, and their ability to mobilize funding,"
said Grayson Heffner, IEA Senior Energy Efficiency Advisor. "They share
responsibility for energy security and sustainability with the
government, and are skilled at bundling advice and incentives to create
accessible energy savings opportunities."
"Nexant undertook this assignment with IEA because of its strategic
importance," said du Pont. "By identifying innovative programs from
around the world, and analyzing the drivers and lessons learned, this
report can help energy providers scale up their energy savings programs
faster and more effectively."
The report was part of a work program that IEA undertook in 2011 with
the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) to focus on the role of energy
providers in delivering energy efficiency to end-users. The work falls
under the umbrella of the International Partnership on Energy Efficiency
Cooperation (IPEEC). The full report can be accessed on the IEA website
Nexant is a global industry leader focused on every facet of clean
energy planning, development, and implementation. The company has
extensive experience and expertise in energy efficiency, demand side
management, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, hydrogen, natural gas,
clean coal, and CO2 capture and sequestration. Nexant also
offers a comprehensive suite of best-in-class services and software
designed to transform utility business processes and support
implementation of smart grid and demand management initiatives. Over the
last decade, it has been developing and commercializing technology
solutions-such as Nexant iEnergy™, Nexant Grid360™, Nexant iHedge®, and
Nexant RevenueManager®-that enable utilities, power producers, and
retailers to improve operational and financial efficiency, reduce risk,
and enhance customer engagement across the energy value chain.
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