Georgia Utilities Begin Four Residential Energy Efficiency Programs
The Georgia Public Service Commission voted unanimously on May 17 to accept the recommendations of a "Demand Side Management Working Group." The recommendations are for two investor-owned utilities, the Georgia Power Company and the Savannah Electric Company, to establish four energy efficiency programs for their residential customers.
Savannah Electric in Savannah provides electricity to about 320,000 people in five counties in southern Georgia, and Georgia Power in Atlanta serves about 2 million people in the remainder of the state.
This will be the first time in more than ten years that these two utilities have offered energy efficiency programs to their residential customers in Georgia. These programs include:
- Statewide "fuel neutral" Energy Star™ Homes
Build 1,050 homes certified by Energy Star in two years.
- Energy Star Appliances
Promote the benefits of energy efficient appliances to retailers and consumers.
- Duct Sealing and Infiltration
Educate homeowners with homes that are older than ten years about the benefits of duct sealing and infiltration control.
- Home Inspector Pilot
Home inspectors will provide energy efficiency recommendations to homeowners as a pilot project.
Read the entire story in the Alliance to Save Energy's May 2005 edition of State Energy Efficiency Policy Bulletin.