The Pacific Northwest’s current largest resource is hydroelectric generation, but it may not be for much longer. In two decades, it is predicted that energy efficiency could be just as large of a resource for this geographic region.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s proposed plan to meet the area’s future electricity demand has predicted these major resource changes. In the Council’s forecasts, energy efficiency would be able to meet the region’s growing electricity demand through 2035.
The majority of the NPCC’s plan for the next six years involves energy efficiency. After energy efficiency, the other areas that play major roles in the plan include increased demand response and power imports to meet demand under critical conditions, according to Utility Dive.
Experts predict that if energy efficiency is “developed aggressively, in combination with past efficiency acquisition, demand management strategies could almost equal hydro generation,” Utility Dive reports.
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