Energy efficiency policies: A retrospective examination


Journal Article

We review literature on several types of energy efficiency policies: appliance standards, financial incentive programs, information and voluntary programs, and management of government energy use. For each, we provide a brief synopsis of the relevant programs, along with available existing estimates of energy savings, costs, and cost-effectiveness at a national level. The literature examining these estimates points to potential issues in determining the energy savings and costs, but recent evidence suggests that techniques for measuring both have improved. Taken together, the literature identifies up to four quads of energy savings annually from these programs - at least half of which is attributable to appliance standards and utility-based demand-side management, with possible additional energy savings from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) ENERGY STAR, Climate Challenge, and Section 1605b voluntary programs to reduce carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions. Related reductions in CO 2 and criteria air pollutants may contribute an additional 10% to the value of energy savings above the price of energy itself. Copyright © 2006 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gillingham, K; Newell, R; Palmer, K

Published Date

  • November 20, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 /

Start / End Page

  • 161 - 192

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1543-5938

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1146/

Citation Source

  • Scopus