The energy efficiency project is onging having being deployed initially in 2008, following the passing of the EmPower Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.
Under the Energy Efficiency Act, Maryland was able to set energy reduction goals of 10% between 2008 and 2015 for the state's five largest energy distribution companies.
The Act also required utilities to reduce per capita electric demand by 15% between 2008 and 2015.
According to ACEEE, the report 'Maryland Benefits-Examining the Results of EmPower Maryland through 2015' aims to highlight the cost and benefits of the project to help other US states in planning and deploying energy efficiency programmes.
The paper aims to help Maryland to understand the benefits incurred following the completion of the project's first phase.
According to the findings of ACEEE, Maryland's 2008-2015 energy efficiency programme helped participating utility firms to reduce their operating and system cost, consumer energy bills and carbon emissions.
The programme increased net jobs in Maryland and boosted the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
The benefits identified by ACEEE include:
The Maryland Public Service Commission in 2015 filed a report highlighting that in deploying the energy efficiency programme, Maryland utilities achieved 99% of the per capita consumption goal and 100% of the per capita demand reduction goal. [ACEEE discusses utility energy efficiency models for SMEs].
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