Natural gas homes are among the most energy efficient, which can mean savings for customers and the environment.
Energy efficiency and conservation programs are a key component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping consumers manage their energy bills. AGA members have demonstrated a commitment to investing in energy efficiency and to delivering savings to consumers through programs that actively promote cost-effective and prudent approach to energy efficiency.
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Natural Gas End Use: The Energy Efficiency and GHG Reduction Story Natural gas utilities and their customers have done today what others have said can not be done - continuing to grow sutainable businesses that contribute to our economy WHILE helping to diminish the effect of energy use on the environment and consumers' budgets. While the number of residential customers has increased by 27 million - or 71% - since 1970, the average natural gas residential customer today uses 39% less natural gas than they did 38 years ago. This translates directly into reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- AGA Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report -- 2014 Program Year
- Energy Efficiency and Natural Gas Utilities Fact Sheet
Energy-Saving Resources for Natural Gas Consumers and the Benefits of Direct Use - The average American home uses one third less natural gas than three decades ago. Utility energy efficiency programs have been an important driver in this reduction in per-capita natural gas use. A number of natural gas utilities implement programs that allow consumers to reduce energy consumption with more efficient appliances and tighter building envelopes. In replacing equipment with efficient natural gas appliances, consumers can save energy, lower utility payments, and contribute toward cleaner air and a sustainable environment by reducing emissions of air-polluting compounds and greenhouse gases.
- Validation of Direct Natural Gas Use to Reduce CO2 Emissions: A recent study by the Gas Technology Institute that reports the increased “direct use” of natural gas in homes and businesses will reduce energy consumption, consumer energy costs and national CO2 emissions.
- Efficiency and GHG Reduction Benefits of the Direct Use of Natural Gas in Homes and Businesses
- Northwest Gas Association Study -- As Assessment of the Potential Benefits of Natural Gas as a Regional Resource Strategy
- AGA Comments on Tennessee Valley Authority Draft Energy Efficiency and Demand Reponse Plan
- Naturally Green Homes - A Marketing Resource for Natural Gas
Regulatory Incentives for Utilities to Promote Energy Efficiency - AGA continues to support movement toward regulation that allows innovative rate designs to help natural gas utilities in their conservation energy efficiency (EE) efforts. Traditional rate structures serve as disincentives for utilities to provide energy-saving products and services, since the allowed rate of return is calculated based on the amount of gas delivered to consumers. Thus any effort to reduce natural gas consumption would hinder utilities ability to recoup invested fixed costs. "Decoupling" of utility revenues from natural gas sales is one method of removing such EE market impediments. Other regulatory incentives that would empower utilities to provide energy efficiency (EE) programs include non-volumetric and other innovate rate designs; recovery of EE program-related costs; recovery of revenue and margin losses associated with implementing EE programs; and performance-based incentives for utility shareholders and/or ratepayers that attain specific success metrics (such as predefined energy savings and/or cost efficiency targets).
- Conservation Through Substitution of Natural Gas for Electricity
- Financial Incentives For Energy Efficiency - Russell Feingold April 2009 presentation at the AGA Rate Commitee Meeting and Regulatory Issues Seminar.