Energy and Water Supply Services: Improving Efficiency through Policy and Regulation

Publication | June 2010

Policy makers and regulators have a significant role to play in enhancing the efficiency of water and energy supply services.

Energy efficiency and water conservation are each important for the delivery of electricity and drinking water. Energy efficiency can increase affordability by reducing consumers' electricity demand, expand access by reinvesting efficiency gains to increase network access, and improve sustainability by contributing to energy security and reducing harmful environmental impacts. Water conservation can help control expenses, improve service delivery, and increase the amount of available drinking water without incurring prohibitive costs. Policy makers and regulators have a significant role to play in doing both


  • The Importance of Energy Efficiency Services
  • Role of Policy Makers and Regulators
  • Demand-Side Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Supply-Side Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Other Energy Efficiency Measures
  • Water Conservation and Efficiency Measures
  • Next Steps: Enhancing the Efficiency of Water and Energy Supply Services

Additional Details

  • Energy
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Law
  • Water
  • Water Resource Management
  • Water sector development
  • China, People's Republic of
  • India
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Samoa
  • Viet Nam

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