Reducing greenhouse gases through energy efficiency

Edison LogoRosemead, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 27, 2007 – Southern California Edison (SCE) and its 4.7 million customers are the nation’s leaders in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) through energy-efficiency, according to comprehensive customer program results released this week by California utilities.

SCE reports that total customer response to its energy-efficiency programs during the past five years has saved four billion kWh, and has reduced GHG emissions by more than two million tons. During the next two years, the utility forecasts its customers will save an additional two billion kWh, reducing GHG emissions by another one million tons.

“Our customers’ response to energy efficiency programs makes it clear home and business owners are ready to do their part to save energy and help protect the environment if offered how-to information and meaningful incentives,” said John Bryson, chairman of Southern California Edison’s parent company, Edison International.

Bryson advocated a three-part national strategy for reducing GHG emissions during the next decade – expanded cost-effective energy efficiency programs, a substantial increase in generation from renewable sources, and the development and commercialization of new technologies.

SCE was recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The utility received the agencies’ 2007 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award in the program delivery category. This is the sixth time SCE has received an EPA and DOE award for the effectiveness of its energy-efficiency programs.

“We share this award with our customers,” said Lynda Ziegler, SCE senior vice president of customer service. “They are the ones who take the time to request one of our energy-efficiency rebates and then make the changes required to save energy and money.”

Southern California Gas Company and Pacific Gas & Electric also received ENERGY STAR® awards at an EPA-DOE recognition event March 21. SCE regularly collaborates with other California utilities on ways to enhance energy efficiency across California.

“With higher summer bills just ahead, we encourage business and residential customers to check out the financial incentives available this year through our energy efficiency and demand response programs,” said Ziegler. “For example, customers can save as much as $200 this summer season by enrolling in our Summer Discount Plan.”

Top U.S. Utility Energy Efficiency Programs, 1992 to 2005
Savings shown in kWh 

Utility  Total KWH saved 
 Southern California Edison   8,901,686 
 Pacific Gas & Electric  6,232,939 
 Northern States Power  3,787,182
 Florida Power & Light  3,663,877
 Connecticut Light & Power  2,118,687 
 Puget Sound Energy  2,086,208
 PacifiCorp  2,052,368 
 Massachusetts Electric  1,990,984 
 Boston Edison  1,346,101
 Interstate Power and Light  1,136,646
 Minnesota Power  892,802
 MidAmerican Energy  657,216

Source – U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-861. An average home served by SCE uses approximately 7,000 kWh of electricity per year.