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Making more efficient use of electricity is a good thing. But, have the savings from energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs been oversold?
Electric utilities in states like California and Arizona have been directed to implement programs to reduce consumer demand for electricity. In Arizona, the Arizona Corporation Commission implemented rules that require investor owned electric companies to reduce electricity sales by 22 percent over the next 10 years. To achieve this aggressive energy efficiency target, the utility companies are implementing programs, like subsidizing the cost of CFLs, which are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.
But, evaluations done by regulators in California indicate that energy-saving CFLs, burn out faster than expected thereby reducing the expected cost effectiveness of the program.
The ACC should keep the California results in mind as it moves forward with implementation of its energy efficiency rules. Is the aggressive EE target set by the ACC realistic or achievable and when should it be tweaked? http://arizonaic.org/blog/331-lights-out
Jan 21, 2011