One of the country’s leading energy and sustainability management companies, Ecova, recently announced that it is was, over the past 10 years, responsible for helping its utility clients save over 90 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy.
To put that another way, the company’s actions were responsible for the energy saving equivalent of taking 30 medium-sized, coal-fired power plants offline for a year. Or, to put it yet another way, the equivalent of preventing around 54 million tons of CO2 emissions. (Note that Opower, which gets a lot of deserved attention for the energy savings it has stimulated, lays claim to about 3 TWh of savings. So, Ecova has saved about 30 times more energy.)
Of that 90 TWh in energy savings, 46 TWh pertains to direct energy savings, while 44 TWh pertains to the company’s successful efforts to change product specifications and standards. 18 TWh out of the full 90 TWh pertains to efforts made in just the last year.
For those wondering about the methodology used — and it’s potential accuracy — it’s worth noting that the figures were assessed and validated by Verdantix, an independent analyst firm focused on energy and sustainability.
“We conducted independent research to verify the methodology used by Ecova to assess savings delivered by their utility division,” stated David Metcalfe, CEO of Verdantix. “It is widely accepted that enforcing energy efficiency standards at the equipment level is one of the most reliable methods to cut energy use. Ecova’s work in this area is a great proof point.”
“Ecova’s Utility division continues to have a positive impact on the industry which results in significant energy, environmental, and cost savings,” commented Jeff Heggedahl, CEO of Ecova. “Over the last 10 years, our programs have been instrumental in reducing energy consumption that saves utility customers billions of dollars on their energy bills―a true win, win situation. The 90 TWh of energy saved is a testament to our work to make a difference and we are proud to partner with our utility clients to drive real savings for their customers.”
While it has been awhile, we have covered Ecova a couple of times. In 2012, Ecova won an ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
It also wrote a white paper on business energy use trends and shared an infographic on that with us back in 2012. Clearly, it’s been doing bigger things than create infographics since then, but an infographic here and there is useful for bringing more energy awareness to the public.
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