Subsidies Examples: Incentives for Energy Service Companies

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Subsidization of energy prices leads to underpricing of energy, which results in a reduced incentive to use energy efficiently. Because of this reduced incentive, some governments provide subsidies to promote energy efficient building design. The effectiveness of these financial incentives varies depending on the program, but many countries have found success in providing subsidies to energy service companies (ESCOs). An ESCO is a company that delivers energy efficiency improvements by providing a variety of energy services: project analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance; monitoring and evaluation of savings; property and facility management; and energy or energy equipment supply. ESCOs guarantee energy savings or the provision of a specified level of energy service at a lower cost.

 

ESCOs can improve energy efficiency without burdening public budgets, but an ESCO industry will not necessarily develop on its own. Research has shown that appropriate policy support, including financial incentives, can effectively jump-start a private sector ESCO industry that targets institutional and industrial clients. In Europe, Germany and Austria have been identified as countries with thriving ESCO industries. Research indicates that government support, including financial support, has been important in fostering the development of ESCOs in those countries.