The study found that AMU’s implementation of and customer adoption of deep energy efficiency programs may save utility customers $11.3 million over 15 years, costing AMU $4.4 million. The study found that implementation and adoption of energy efficiency would be AMU’s lowest cost resource, costing 66% less than AMU’s conventional electric generation resources. The study further found that combining the deep energy efficiency programs with varying levels of public and private investment in local wind and solar resources may lower AMU’s costs and customer bills. This could ultimately meet up to 50% of AMU’s energy needs through energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The report provides timely information to the AMU Board of Trustees and management as they evaluate responses to major changes taking place in the electricity industry, including reductions in carbon emissions being proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The study was conducted by the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) and utility consultant Tom Wind. A summary of the study is available from Algona Municipal Utilities and on the IAMU website at www.iamu.org.
For additional information contact:
Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities