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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has issued a fact sheet highlighting the status of the energy efficiency landscape in Virginia.

The fact sheet provides utility firm Dominion Energy and the Commonwealth of Virginia with recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency programmes for energy users in the state.

The fact sheet follows Dominion Energy being ranked 50th, scoring 5.5 points out of a possible 50, in ACEEE's country-wide utility-sector energy efficiency performance scorecard.

Dominion has been ranked amongst the lowest performing utilities due to reasons including limited energy efficiency investments and lack of state regulation supporting an increase in project adoption.

In 2015 Dominion offered four out of 22 possible programmes for residential and commercial customers, compared to a national average of 11.

The utility's net energy savings were 0.11% and the national average 0.89%.

Programme spending for Dominion Energy was 0.46% below the national average of 2.70% in 2015.

Savings for low-income (kWh per residential customer) was 0.36% yet the national average rose to 5.29%.

ACEEE recommends:

  • Both the state government and Dominion Energy to collaborate in developing energy efficiency-related regulatory policies.

The fact sheet states that the regulation needs to address expanding efficiency programme adoption through the development of efficiency targets, comprehensive
evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) processes, and alternative utility business models.

  • Engaging independent parties to oversee energy efficiency evaluation, measurement, and verification protocols. This helps to effectively measure the performance of programmes.
  • Diversify energy efficiency programmes
  • Accelerate smart meter installation. According to ACEEE, access to real-time energy usage data would help customers of Dominion to identify energy efficiency potentials. In 2015, only 15% of Dominion’s residential customers had smart meters, compared to the national average of 41%.
  • Virginia state government to make its voluntary 10% energy savings target mandatory

The fact sheet can be downloaded here...