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Energy Efficiency Resource Standard – Defined

An Energy Efficiency Resource Standard is a simple, market-based mechanism to encourage more efficient use of electricity and natural gas. An EERS consists of electric and/or gas energy savings targets for utilities, often with flexibility to achieve the target through a market-based trading system. All EERS’s include end-user energy savings improvements that are aided and documented by utilities or other program operators. Some EERS’s include distribution system efficiency improvements. Sometimes used in conjunction with a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).