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Community Energy Use

Desired Result: Below Target

Analysis of Performance

Electricity use per capita was over 13.4 percent lower in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the baseline year of 2005. The population was readjusted with current estimates to 158,600. Continued declines in per capita electricity use while the local economy is growing indicates that customers are aware of their usage, continuing efficiency programs, construction methods and on-going improvements in the availability of efficient products and services. 2015 targets were revised to 10% and will be reviewed as a part of the Energy Policy update in 2015. For the year in 2014, the annual electricity use per capita was also over 13% lower.

Metric Definition

Percent change in electricity use (kilowatt hours or kWh) per capita compared to 2005 (baseline year) The metric is evaluated quarterly, and is one measure of the community's energy efficiency. 

Why Is This Important?

Percent change in kWh hours compared to the baseline year (2005) is a measure of the effectiveness of the City's energy conservation programs over time and influences the City's ability to meet energy and climate related goals.

City Organization Impact on Performance

Medium - The Utilities’ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs provides programs and services to promote reduce energy use. Weather and local economic conditions are the other primary influences which have an impact on the electric usage of the community.

Benchmark Information

Benchmarking in progress