RURAL AREAS

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released a fact sheet to address energy woes in rural areas by integrating distributed energy resources with energy efficiency.

The fact sheet provides recommendations on how electric co-ops, investor-owned utilities, state and local governments, and efficiency programme administrators can take several steps to align their energy efficiency and renewable energy programming in rural communities.

The aim is to increase local ownership of electricity generation in rural areas.

The recommendations include:

  • Conduct an energy audit and make efficiency improvements before installing renewable energy.
  • Jointly promote energy efficiency and renewable energy offerings to rural customers
  • Seek programmes that fund both renewable energy and energy efficiency measures such as Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Programme
  • Look to generation and transmission co-ops that deliver energy efficiency and develop co-op solar projects for one or more of their distribution co-ops
  • Incentivise super-efficient, high-performing buildings like zero-energy modular housing.

Download the fact sheet here...