ETO Analyzing 2018 Measures for Cost Effectiveness

August 21, 2017

The Energy Trust of Oregon has begun an analysis of energy efficiency measures and how changes to inputs in the cost effectiveness formula might impact those measures. In a recent meeting of the ETO Conservation Advisory Committee, Trust staff explained changes to factors that may – or may not – result in 2018 measure incentive decisions. These factors primarily include updated electric and natural gas avoided costs, the expiration of the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC), and any pertinent findings that change measure assumptions such as savings levels, baseline assumptions, and/or market saturation levels. A first cut at this analysis shows that a handful of measures (primarily residential) may fall short of cost effectiveness thresholds for 2018. This analysis is not complete and will continue through September and into October in tandem with program and budget planning for the coming year.

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