Electric Efficiency Standard

March 13, 2021


In December 2009, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission's (IURC) ordered utilities to establish demand-side management (DSM) electric savings goals leading to 2.0% reduction of electricity sales by the year 2019. Utilities under IURC jurisdiction must file three-year DSM plans, beginning in July of 2010, which indicate progress and plans for reaching the annual incremental electricity savings targets.

Electricity Sales Reduction

The IURC established an electricity savings goal of incremental annual sales reduction over the previous three year average electricity sales. Each year's benchmark is set by the preceding three year average electricity consumption, beginning July 1 of that year. After obtaining 2.0% reduction by the year 2019, the electricity sales reduction percentage holds at 2.0% for every year thereafter.

Calendar Year Electric Sales Reduction
2010 0.3%
2011 0.5%
2012 0.7%
2013 0.9%
2014 1.1%
2015 1.3%
2016 1.5%
2017 1.7%
2018 1.9%
2019 2.0%


Demand-side management plans shall be filed on July 1 in 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019, with annual supplemental updates in the interim periods. Utilities that do not meet the electricity reduction goals must demonstrate to the IURC how they plan to alter or add programs to increase savings.

DSM Programs

In July 2011, IURC selected a third party administrator to administer, evaluate, measure, and verify the core DSM programs. Separately, the 2009 ruling identified five core programs that utilities must provide. Programs are funded using a DSM and Energy Efficiency Program Cost Rider. Utilities are free to develop and administer other DSM programs, but must provide the five core programs:

  • Residential lighting program
  • Home energy audit program
  • Low Income Weatherization Program
  • Energy efficient schools program
  • Commercial and Industrial Program

In 2012, utilities, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, and the Citizens Action Coalition collaborated to form Energizing Indiana in order to administer the core efficiency programs for participating utilities. Some utilities administer their own efficiency programs either in addition to or separate from the Energizing Indiana programs.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Indiana
Incentive Type: Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Web Site: http://www.in.gov/iurc/2571.htm
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Compressed air
  • Roofs
  • Motor VFDs
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
  • Food Service Equipment
  • LED Lighting
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Electric Sales Reduction: None.


Name: IURC Cause No. 42693
Date Enacted: 12/09/2009
Effective Date: 12/09/2009
Name: S.B. 340
Date Enacted: 03/28/2014
Effective Date: 03/28/2014
Name: SEA 412
Date Enacted: 05/06/2015
Effective Date: 05/06/2015


Name: Bradley Borum
Organization: Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Address: E303
Indianapolis IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-2304
Email: bborum@urc.in.gov

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.