[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Energy efficiency programs are often the first step taken by electric utilities to bring down costs. California’s investor owned utilities and energy commissions have created an Energy Efficiency Best Practices Web site that highlights energy efficiency programs throughout the nation so people can see which programs work and why. The study was conducted for the California Public Utility Commission by a team of contractors led by Quantum Consulting, Pacific Gas and Electric Company managed the project in association with the California Energy Commission, Southern California Edison Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company. The project used a benchmarking methodology to identify best practices across a variety of program types. Each report presents a detailed analysis comparing benchmarked programs within a particular area. The website also contains profiles of ninety energy efficiency programs from around the country.