Ameren balks at expanding energy efficiency program

The first year of data from Ameren Missouri’s new regime of rules that promote efficiency indicate many customers are eager to take advantage of rebates for more efficient lighting and appliances. Ameren far exceeded its 2013 savings goal, helping customers save between 310 and 397 gigawatt hours of electricity.

Some utility policy advocates say Ameren and the state can go much further to promote energy efficiency. Not only is it the cheapest and fastest way to meet proposed federal rules limiting emissions linked to climate change, they argue it is good for customers because it is less expensive than building new power plants. But Ameren is hesitant to expand a program it believes will yield diminishing returns on energy savings after next year.

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