Conservation vs. New Power Plants: NW study says region could meet 85% of power needs for next two decades with aggressive conservation
September 14, 2009
Everyone knows energy efficiency is the cheapest source of energy. But the Oregonian today had a story that put into numbers just how much an aggressive energy conservation plan could do for the Pacific Northwest. Some of the figures were stunning. Here’s just a little of what the story had to say.
The payoff would be huge: Conservation in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, the council says, could avoid millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate 85 percent of the expected increase in electricity demand by 2029. That’s the equivalent of 20 new power plants. Better yet, conservation is relatively cheap, despite its upfront costs. By most measures, saving energy is anywhere from 50 to 75 percent cheaper than buying it on the open market or building power plants.