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Interactions between Energy Efficiency Programs funded under the Recovery Act and Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

Date Published: March 1, 2011     Document Type: Report
Sectors: Evaluation, Research, Evaluation, & Behavior

Since the spring of 2009, billions of federal dollars have been allocated to state and local governments as grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and programs. The scale of this American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding, focused on “shovelready” projects to create and retain jobs, is unprecedented. Thousands of newly funded players – cities, counties, states, and tribes – and thousands of programs and projects are entering the existing landscape of energy efficiency programs for the first time or expanding their reach. The nation’s experience base with energy efficiency is growing enormously, fed by federal dollars and driven by broader objectives than saving energy alone.
This report focuses on a selected set of ARRA-funded energy efficiency programs administered by state energy offices: the State Energy Program (SEP) formula grants, the portion of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) formula funds administered directly by states, and the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP). Since these ARRA programs devote significant monies to energy efficiency and serve similar markets as utility customer-funded programs, there are frequent interactions between programs. We exclude the DOE low-income weatherization program and EECBG funding awarded directly to the over 2,200 cities, counties and tribes from our study to keep its scope manageable.