The data below illustrate the actual energy efficiency acquired during FY2019 compared to utility customer forecasts, as well as EE’s progress towards the fiscal year acquisition goal necessary to meet BPA’s EE Action Plan goals. Because there is a lag between measure/project completion and reporting, this information should only be used for comparative purposes and to assess overall trends, not as a comprehensive indication of our regional progress at any given time.
The data are based upon regional programmatic energy savings.1 BPA asks its 20 largest utility customers to forecast their EEI-funded2 and utility self-funded savings on a quarterly basis, and BPA estimates savings for all other customers based on their EEI budgets and an average cost per kWh. The forecasts are aggregated and compared to actual savings from invoices approved by BPA. Forecasted and actual savings are dated based on when measures are completed, not when they are reported to BPA. Actual savings include unallocated 3rd party savings and savings from Energy Smart Reserve Power.
At this point, the FY2019 actual savings of 54 aMW are short of the FY2019 forecast of 64 aMW and the FY2019 goal of 70 aMW. However, these gaps may be reduced as additional savings with completion dates in FY2019 are reported in the FY2020-21 rate period.
Starting in FY 2018, the goal for self-funded savings increased from 25% of regional programmatic energy savings to 30%. So the FY 2019 self-funded savings goal is 30% of the FY 2019 regional savings goal of 70 aMW, or 21 aMW. Actual self-funded savings of 23 aWM have been reported to date.
Five utilities account for over 90% of the reported self-funded savings.
1Programmatic savings are only a portion of the region’s overall savings portfolio and do not include market transformation or momentum savings. .
2EEI is the Energy Efficiency Incentive funding that BPA provides to utilities to acquire energy conservation. For the FY 2018-19 rate period, BPA established an EEI budget to achieve 70% of the savings needed to meet BPA’s savings goal, assuming that utility self funding in aggregate would provide 30% of the savings.