The implementation of appliance standards and retrofit policies in Tennessee’s commercial sector could reduce projected energy consumption in 2020 by about 12% (50 TBtu), and by about 18% (90 TBtu) in 2030 (Figure 8). In 2020, the commercial sector could save about 90 TBtu, which is equivalent to the amount of energy that 1,400 Wal-Mart stores spend a year. Each retail establishment in Tennessee could save about $20,000 on average.9 The principal energy savings are from electricity, with natural gas and other fuels providing additional savings (Figure 9). The rapid growth of commercial energy consumption forecast for Tennessee could be constrained to only modest growth with these two energy efficiency policies.
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