A recent report by the Rocky Mountain Institute states that the U.S. electricity demand could drop by 34 percent if the most inefficient states caught up with the most efficient ones.
Much of what we cover here at EcoGeek has to do with efficiency improvements because reducing energy use really seems to be the ultimate goal, but it's interesting to see just how much energy could be saved by upping efficiency. The report concludes that if the 40 under-performing states made improvements that put them on par with the 10 most efficient, 1.2 million gigawatt-hours would be saved every year. This amounts to 62% of the country's coal-fired electric power.
States like California and New York were recognized as the most efficient with almost twice the GDP per kWh than the national average. While that presents a large gap, the report argues that the necessary efficiency improvements will be fairly easy and could be made by 2020.
The institute plans to release two more reports over the next few months detailing how states and utilities can close the efficiency gap, including policy changes and practical implementation. If you'd like to read the full report titled Assessing the Electric Productivity Gap and the US Efficiency Opportunity, click here (PDF).
via Business Green
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