Idaho Power customers helped save 196,809 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy by participating in energy efficiency activities last year. That’s enough energy to power almost 17,000 average homes in Idaho Power’s service area for a year. It’s also the second-highest savings since 2002 when the current funding structure for energy efficiency went into effect.
These impressive results are reported in the Demand-Side Management 2020 Annual Report, recently submitted to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and Oregon Public Utility Commission. The report reviews the company’s demand-side management (DSM) activities and finances throughout 2020 and outlines future DSM activities.
DSM refers to two kinds of customer programs: energy efficiency efforts customers make to reduce overall electricity use — like using more efficient appliances or light bulbs, sealing heating ducts or building more efficient facilities — and demand-response programs that shift energy use from periods of extreme demand in the summer months.
Energy efficiency and demand response support Idaho Power’s goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045. These programs provide economic and operational benefits to the company and its customers and support wise energy use by Idaho Power customers.
“We are proud to help our customers achieve these impressive energy-saving results, especially during an unprecedented year like 2020,” said Theresa Drake, Idaho Power Customer Relations & Energy Efficiency Senior Manager. “Energy efficiency is a win for everyone — not only for today, but for years to come as we work toward our 100% clean energy goal.”