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Decoupling Policies: Options to Encourage Energy Efficiency Policies for Utilities

Sources:

United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory

United States Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Sentech

Authors:

Elizabeth Doris

Roger Taylor

Joel Eisenberg

David Posner

Date:

1 July 2009

This document discusses how decoupling can be a win-win strategy to both utility companies and their customers by breaking the link between electricity and gas sales and revenue. According to the authors, a well-designed decoupling plan helps keep utility profits steady and customers’ energy costs in check—and it removes the disincentive for utilities to promote energy efficiency programs.