Advent of the EE&C Plan
Governor Gary R. Herbert’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan’s sixth recommendation states that “Utah should have a statewide plan for reducing energy consumption.” In order to fulfill this recommendation, in August of 2013 the Governor’s Energy Advisor and the Office of Energy Development launched a truly stakeholder-driven process aimed at creation of the Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan. The various stakeholders were tasked with developing a specific set of recommendations for programs, public outreach, and policy measures that could help the State realize its energy efficiency and conservation potential. During the collaborative process unfolded, the Plan was organized into the following sectors: 1) Residential and Commercial Buildings, 2) Alternative Transportation and Fuels, 3) Agriculture, 4) Industry and 5) Public Education and Outreach.
|Date:||April 17, 2014|
Details and Recommendations
The Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan
highlights the existing energy efficiency and conservation efforts of both the state and the utilities operating in it, including regulated investor owned utilities, municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. The report includes guiding principles, a section with definitions and a basic overview of energy efficiency and conservation, as well as a section which details current consumption levels and characterizes energy efficiency as a resource. The report also includes sections focused on the “outputs” or end results which the Committee expects the Plan’s recommendations to help achieve, which include positive benefits for air quality and water distribution.
Finally, the Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan includes 26 recommendations for the Governor’s Office,the Utah State Legislature, businesses and households to consider adopting, whether through initiatives and partnerships,programs and statutes, financial or other market tools, or simply through lifestyle choices. The recommendations in the report are the ones that rose to the very top of each subcommittee’s priority list. Those actions or recommendations that did not make it to the top 26 may nevertheless come into play at a later date, as the Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan is intended to be a living document to be updated in the future.