The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power upped its game on energy efficiency Aug. 5 by adopting a 15 percent savings goal by 2020. \u201cThese targets are aggressive, but they\u2019re doable,\u201d said David Jacot, Department efficiency solutions director. The muni\u2019s board of commissioners voted 5-0 to notify the California Energy Commission of the new goal, up from the 10 percent target set in 2012. State law requires public power agencies to set energy efficiency targets of at least 10 percent savings every three years and submit them to the Energy Commission. Jacot explained that the department decided to increase its goal after finding that efficiency programs save more energy for less money than thought when it set the 2012 goal. Since then, he said, the muni has managed to double the amount of energy saved for much less than $138 million\/year it thought it would cost. Last fiscal year, for instance, the utility had to spend just $71 million on energy efficiency programs to meet its goal, Jacot said. For the next few years the current budget should be adequate to meet milestones toward its higher 15 percent savings goal, said Jacot. He estimated that energy savings through efficiency spending should cost about 4.2 cents\/kWh, compared to at 6 cents or more\/kWh for generation. Muni chief financial officer Philip Leiber estimated a rate hike of about 1.3 percent potentially would be needed to meet the higher efficiency goal. Jacot noted that\u2019s in line with the state-imposed energy efficiency surcharge.