Iowa electric cooperatives invested over $76 million in energy efficiency from 2010-2014
On behalf of participating cooperatives, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) filed the results of the electric cooperatives’ energy efficiency programs for the years 2013 and 2014 with the Iowa Utilities Board and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Advocate earlier this week. This filing represented the completion of the electric cooperatives’ first 5-year energy efficiency plan. In the years 2010-2014, Iowa’s not-for-profit electric co-ops invested approximately $76.7 million (over $15 million annually) in energy efficiency programs. The energy savings from the five-year plan are expected to total nearly 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours over the life of the measures installed, which represents enough electricity to power more than 347,000 homes for a full year. Efficiency programs vary by co-op, but can include rebates and incentives for lighting upgrades, appliances, HVAC upgrades, insulation improvements, weatherization efforts and more. Steve Seidl, IAEC board president, remarked, “These results reinforce Iowa electric cooperatives’ commitment to our member-owners. We’re helping them use energy wisely through extensive energy efficiency efforts.”
The filing includes an executive summary as well as each participating electric cooperative’s energy efficiency results, the measure’s description, and amount invested. While IAEC compiled the data for the filing, the results were driven by the hard work and dedication of each individual cooperative, their employees, and their member-consumers.
Electric cooperatives in Iowa have a long history of commitment to energy efficiency and a solid track record of energy and cost-saving results. This has been documented with filings to the Iowa Utilities Board and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Advocate in July of 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008 and in December of 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015.
The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives represents the interests of not-for-profit electric cooperatives, including 35 distribution co-ops and 7 generation & transmission co-ops. Owned by the members they serve, Iowa’s electric cooperatives power the lives of 650,000 Iowans throughout all 99 counties and are committed to delivering power that is safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible. Rural electric cooperatives have been working to improve quality of life through energy education, community support, and rural economic development for over 75 years. Formed in 1942, IAEC provides many vital functions for its members including legislative representation, regulatory oversight, training and education services, safety programs, and communications support. Learn more at www.iowarec.org.
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