Energy Efficiency Tracking: Considerations for Kentucky

Energy efficiency projects and programs are implemented in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by several entities, including: investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, state and local agencies, Community Action Agencies, and industrial, commercial and residential energy consumers. The totality of the savings impacts of energy efficiency implemented by these entities are poorly understood. While regulated utilities in Kentucky report data on the impacts of their energy efficiency programs to the Kentucky Public Service Commission as a part of program approval and review, other energy efficiency providers are not subject to reporting requirements. Furthermore, neither regulated utilities nor other energy efficiency providers are subject to standardized evaluation, measurement, or verification requirements, making it difficult to compare any available data on savings impacts.
This report, produced as a part of a broader project focused on standardized evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) of energy efficiency, specifically examines the tracking of energy efficiency and energy efficiency credits in Kentucky. The first section of this report examines options for the Commonwealth to bolster the ways in which ittracks energy efficiency. The latter section of this report considers the issuance of tradable instruments or “credits” to energy efficiency projects for use towards compliance with regulatory programs, and surveys the design and implementation of several credit tracking systems.

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