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The changing utility industry and opportunities to improve energy efficiency : insights from the U.S., Germany and Australia

  • The electric utility sector in Australia, Germany and the U.S. are all going through major changes driven by declining sales, increasing use of distributed energy sources and policy responses to global climate change. This paper discusses efforts in each of these countries to reform their electric industries, address climate change and promote energy efficiency. Going forward, we see a role for government, utilities and private market energy efficiency efforts in all three countries, although the emphasis will vary by country and will evolve over time. Where all three parties can work together with a common vision, reform efforts are likely to be more successful and more sustained. In all three countries the future is uncertain. In the faceThe electric utility sector in Australia, Germany and the U.S. are all going through major changes driven by declining sales, increasing use of distributed energy sources and policy responses to global climate change. This paper discusses efforts in each of these countries to reform their electric industries, address climate change and promote energy efficiency. Going forward, we see a role for government, utilities and private market energy efficiency efforts in all three countries, although the emphasis will vary by country and will evolve over time. Where all three parties can work together with a common vision, reform efforts are likely to be more successful and more sustained. In all three countries the future is uncertain. In the face of this uncertainty, energy efficiency supporters need to keep abreast of these changes, and find more flexible and nimble policy strategies for energy efficiency to prosper, as the future is likely to unfold in unexpected ways.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Steven Nadel, Stefan ThomasORCiDGND, Dagmar Kiyar, Chris Dunst
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-59481
Editor:Therese Laitinen Lindström
Publisher:Europ. Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Place of Publication:Stockholm
Year of Publication:2015
Language:English
Source Title (English):First fuel now : ECEEE 2015 Summer Study ; 1-6 June 2015, Toulon/Hyères, France ; proceedings
First Page:47
Last Page:58
Division:Energie-, Verkehrs- und Klimapolitik
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Wirtschaft
Licence:License LogoIn Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt