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Figure 3. Energy

Figure 3. Energy Efficiency Savings in 2015 if Utilities Continue to Deliver Savingsat Current Rate Versus EmPOWER Maryland Goals5,000,000Elec ctricitySavings(MWh)4,500,0004,000,0003,500,0003,000,0002,500,0002,000,0001,500,0001,000,000500,0002015EmPOWERMarylandElectricitySavingsGoalsMarylandPIRGEstimationofUtilityProgressby20150BGEPEPCO DelmarvaAlleghenySMECOPower PowerEmPOWERMarylandUtilitiesFigure 4. Peak Demand Reductions in 2015 if Utilities Continue to AchieveReductions at Current Rate Versus EmPOWER Maryland Goals1600PeakDe emandReduction(MW)1400120010008006004002002015EmPOWERMarylandPeakDemandReductionGoalsMarylandPIRGEstimationofUtilityProgressby20150BGE PEPCO DelmarvaPowerAlleghenyPowerSMECOEmPOWERMarylandUtilitiesUtilities Are Fallng Short 13

Non-Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Have BeenWeakened as the General Assembly Strips Fundsfrom Efficiency ProgramsBudget cuts for efficiency programs have hindered the state’s ability to achievegreater energy savings. Maryland is one of 10 Northeastern states that participatein the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-tradeprogram designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants; theprogram has brought more than $148 million to the state since 2008. 18 Themoney goes into the state’s Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF), nearlyhalf of which (46 percent) was originally allocated for energy efficiency.In 2010, however, Governor O’Malley proposed and the General Assemblyapproved cutting efficiency funding to 20 percent of the SEIF funds in 2011,with 50 percent of SEIF funds now going toward helping utility consumers paytheir bills. 19 The governor proposed similar diversions in 2011 through fiscalyear 2014. 20 Bill-paying assistance can provide a critical lifeline for consumersduring difficult economic times, but diverting money from energy efficiencyprograms eliminates another important set of benefits for consumers whileensuring higher electricity consumption in the years to come.Other funding sources for efficiency programs are disappearing as well, leavingagencies such as the Maryland Energy Administration without resourcesto run programs; the agency will lose $24 million in efficiency funding fromthe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act after 2011. 2114 Falling Behind on Energy Efficiency

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