HPC Files Comments to Four Illinois Utilities' Energy Efficiency Plans
On January 29, 2018, the Home Performance Coalition submitted comments on four Illinois investor owned utilities’ energy efficiency plans. Comments on the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas and Peoples Gas Plans were submitted through the Illinois Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Advisory Group which reports its evaluations to the Illinois Commerce Commission.
HPC filed comments because all four utilities did not “seem to include an assessment of jobs created as a non-energy benefit of the proposed energy efficiency programs – a stunning omission.”
As an advocate for home energy contractors and energy efficiency entrepreneurs and businesses, HPC has weighed in recently on proceedings in Arkansas, Maryland, West Virginia, Oregon, and Nevada (and now Illinois) to make sure that regulators know that energy efficiency and demand response programs have been demonstrated in numerous state and national studies to be the lowest cost, most predictable and most immediate method to reduce energy demand, create local jobs, provide opportunities for small businesses while also providing health and comfort benefits to consumers and lower utility rates in the long term.
In its January 29, 2018 comments, HPC asked the Illinois Commerce Commission to incorporate the fundamental principles of the May 2017 National Standard Practices Manual (NSPM) to “test its test” on cost effectiveness testing.
Many states do factor in the jobs creation impacts of their programs and other “non-energy benefits” such as reductions in environmental costs, reductions in public health costs, increased economic development and enhanced energy security. HPC believes that Illinois should do the same thing.
HPC works with state and local agencies and utility commissions to make sure that residential energy efficiency programs get a fair shake and a fair hearing when funding decisions are being made. HPC will keep monitoring the Illinois Stakeholder Advisory Group process to make sure that happens.
Joe Cullen is Director of Policy & State Outreach for HPC
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