All Cost-Effective Conservation. All??? Are You Serious?
The “top ten” states in efficiency performance are requiring utilities or third-party administrators to achieve “all cost-effective” conservation. This means good resource planning, aggressive programs, adequate funding, and serious program evaluation. It also means appropriate cost recovery, including treatment of lost margins through decoupling or other means, and development of shareholder incentive programs. The evidence shows that these states are achieving LOWER levels of bill increases than states with less rigorous conservation programs.