The US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency organized a study on improving energy efficiency in homes, buildings, schools, governments, and industry. Recommendations were developed for utilities, regulators, and partner organizations. Demand for energy is expected to increase 30 to 40 per cent for electricity by 2030. Energy efficiency programs could eliminate the need for 40 new 500-MW plants over the next 10 to 12 years. Among the recommendations in this extensive report are policy changes through rate designs to move utilities towards energy efficiency.