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An Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) is a flexible mechanism to ensure that utilities adopt energy efficiency as a clean, cost-effective energy resource.
A federal EERS would require that electricity and natural gas utilities help their customers reduce energy use by a specified and increasing amount each year, based on a percentage of total energy sales. It complements a renewable electricity standard (RES), which requires that a percentage of electricity generation be from renewable sources.
EERS is a tested policy measure that has successfully reduced energy use in several states. A national EERS would lower energy costs, reduce air pollution and global warming, create jobs, and improve energy reliability throughout the nation.