Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Business & Consumer Electronics: A Strategy for the Northeast 2013

2013

The Northeast Mid-Atlantic region is a leader in energy efficiency and has achieved very substantial energy savings over the last several decades; Business and Consumer Electronics

BCE), however, represents a plug load category that continues to grow, both in energy consumption and in the number of devices drawing power. The total energy used by BCE products in the United States makes up 13.2 percent of annual residential electric energy consumption. Individually, however, BCE devices use a relatively small amount of energy, making efficiencies hard to capture. With all of these challenges, the BCE product category becomes one of the highest hanging fruits for efficiency programs, policies, and advocacy.

This report seeks to represent a unified regional strategy to provide clear direction about how to rise up to pick this fruit, transform the BCE market, and keep the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region a leader in BCE efficiency.