PECO files energy efficiency plan

Philadelphia, Pa., July 1, 2009 – A $342 million PECO plan, filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC), will provide programs to help customers save money by reducing energy use by 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours by 2013.

Also included in the plan is more than $28 million in additional low-income energy efficiency programs. PECO’s residential customers can reduce their annual energy use by more than 10 percent by taking advantage of some of the programs including discounts on compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and programmable thermostats.

Specifically, PECO’s plan to fulfill Pennsylvania’s Act 129 regulations includes funding for residential, commercial, and government-specific programs such as:

Energy Efficiency

$20 million in CFL giveaways and rebates
$28 million in low-income energy efficiency programs
$35 million in rebates on energy efficiency products
$10 million in appliance pick-up programs
$5 million in rebates for home solar renewable projects

Demand Reduction Programs

$41 million in direct energy use management programs including air-conditioner cycling
$9 million in new time of use rates
$46 million in programs to reduce energy demand during the 100 hours of the year with the highest demand for electricity

In total, the programs will help PECO customers reduce energy use by 1 percent by May 31, 2011 and 3 percent by May 31, 2013, and reduce energy demand during the 100 highest demand hours by 4.5 percent by May 31, 2013. The proposed programs are part of a broader energy efficiency / environmental initiative for PECO and its customers.

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