Read the full post from the New Buildings Institute.
With cities and states pursing renewable portfolio standards and national calls to decarbonize the grid by 2035, does efficiency still matter with a clean grid? The first answer: yes, energy efficiency benefits are, as they have been for decades, delivering lower energy costs to homeowners and businesses and creating opportunities for utilities to avoid expensive development in new generation resources. Put simply, when buildings demand less energy, utilities can build smaller capacity renewable energy plants, reducing capital costs, and keeping customer energy prices affordable. The second answer: it depends. Jurisdictions and utilities need to evaluate the opportunities that fit within their climate action plan goals and understand their capacity to make change.