This report makes the case for classifying domestic energy efficiency as an infrastructure priority.
Though less visible, domestic energy efficiency investments have many characteristics in common with supply side energy sector investments. In Section 2 it’s explained why domestic energy efficiency investments constitute infrastructure.
Energy efficiency is a highly cost-effective way of meeting Government energy and climate change goals. Putting energy efficiency on a common footing with other major investment decisions allows a discussion on investment priorities. Section 3 assesses whether domestic energy efficiency investments provide value for money for the nation, when compared to other infrastructure investments.
Thinking of energy efficiency as infrastructure will provide insights on how to overcome the market and policy failures that have prevented its widespread delivery. Section 4 describes the implications this has for delivery of energy efficiency.
Based on this analysis, frontier economics concludes in Section 5 that there is a strong case for making domestic energy efficiency investments an infrastructure priority.