Commercial building owners and occupants in the United States could shave 6.7 percent off their annual electricity bills by 2030, saving them $11.3 billion, if they implemented the energy efficiency requirements laid out for states by the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, according to a study by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The study, which can be downloaded here, also found that energy efficiency investments would reduce natural gas bills by $3.6 billion in 2030, 10 percent below current expenditures. A significant part of the savings would come from the installation of a new generation of heat pumps that replace less efficient units commonly seen on rooftops of office buildings, schools, restaurants and big-box stores. Without any changes in the way electricity is produced, the study determined, the electricity bills of commercial building owners and occupants would rise by about 21 percent over the next 15 years.
– via Facility Executive