Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) recently proposed reducing its incentive-driven “wattsmart” program by 32 percent beginning in 2018. A coalition of business and community led by Utah Clean Energy have joined in asking Rocky Mountain not to cut what the group considers to be a highly successful program for reducing electricity consumption in the state.
RMP started the wattsmart program in 2007 by providing incentives for its customers who reduced consumption in their homes and businesses by using energy-efficient technologies such as LED lighting, building controls and efficient heating and cooling systems. According to an analysis by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, wattsmart has resulted in the reduction of electricity use by 2.2 billion kilowatt hours and saved Utah families and businesses an estimated $1 billion in electricity costs. Utah Clean Energy credits the program with helping Utah climb three places in a recent national scorecard for energy efficiency.