The Business Case for Electrical Energy Efficiency - Europe

This paper describes the benefits from a policy on electrical energy efficiency, and suggests policies and technologies that could be used to help capture them as the EU moves towards more economically optimal levels of electricity consumption.


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  • Investments in energy efficiency often carry low risk.
  • Energy efficiency can enhance the reliability of electric systems by reducing peak demand.
  • Energy-efficient equipment is often better designed and more reliable than standard equipment.
  • Improvements in energy efficiency are typically fast and easy to implement.
  • Energy efficiency can enhance industrial productivity.