According to a recent report available from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), green upgrades in businesses and homes in Texas can save billions in utility costs. The report was commissioned by the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC).
An analyst at the ACEEE stated that a 30% efficiency improvement across the state is a challenge, but not impossible, as the study suggests some resources are finding ways to reduce costs at cheaper rates than trying to get power from new power plants.
The study also suggests that energy-efficiency investment in residential, commercial, and industrial markets could reduce overall electricity use up to 19% of current levels by 2030. But the biggest news from the report is that the state of Texas could save almost $14 billion, and create over 47,000 local jobs, over the next two decades with green upgrades.
Two projects are already helping move the state in the green direction – a couple of LEED Platinum buildings at colleges – one at the Northeast Texas Community College and another at the University of Texas.