International regulators review energy efficiency globally


Lord Mogg,
Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — July 14, 2010 – The International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) has compiled a review of current regulatory practices on energy efficiency across the globe.

The report, which was prepared for the G8 meeting in Muskoka, Canada on 25 and 26 June 2010, found that energy efficiency is a relatively under-researched field in comparison with its importance as an area of great policy interest in tackling climate change. There is also very limited systematic gathering of information on energy efficiency beyond national or regional boundaries, and comparative analysis of the different approaches used to promote energy efficiency worldwide is also very limited.

This report, which is intended as a first step in seeking to address these challenges, identified a wide range of approaches, including legal and regulatory obligations, financial instruments, market based incentives (including tradable certificates, tenders and demand side management), voluntary agreements, energy audits, and consumer education and information provision (including billing regulation and smart metering).

Many of the energy efficiency initiatives identified had not been put in place by energy regulators, but rather by other government agencies. In some cases the energy regulator has a role in the administration or oversight of the program.

Further, the competencies of energy regulators in terms of energy efficiency vary from country to country and in states or provinces in federal countries such as the U.S. and Canada. Many regulators seem to have at least some competencies, especially with regards to end-use measures, rollout of smart meters, setting demand side management and administration of energy efficiency programs, although their elaboration of such programs and of underpinning energy efficiency legislation usually rests with governments.

The report essentially serves as a compendium of energy efficiency activities and covers the following countries:

  • Africa and Middle East: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia.
  • North America: Canada (Alberta, British Colombia, Nova Scotia, Ontario), Mexico, U.S.A. (California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin).
  • South America: Brazil, Uruguay.
  • Asia: China, India, Japan.
  • Australia.
  • Europe: Armenia, Croatia, European Union member states, Macedonia, Norway, the Russian Federation, Ukraine.

“This report provides a picture of the wide range of energy efficiency measures and policies being undertaken across the globe,” said ICER chair, Lord Mogg. “ICER will continue to work to deepen the knowledge base and understanding of issues related to energy regulation and our common energy future.”

In particular ICER intends to pursue further research in this area by identifying case studies of approaches to encouraging energy efficiency that have been particularly effective, and continuing to gather information on regulatory approaches to fostering energy efficiency.

View the report, A Description of Current Regulatory Practices for the Promotion of Energy Efficiency