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If the Southeast were an independent nation, its rank among the world's largest emitters of carbon dioxide: 10th

Amount the Southeast spends per resident annually to promote energy efficiency: $1

Amount New England spends: $12

Average annual energy bills for newly constructed, affordable homes in one Atlanta community: $1,200

Increase in total construction costs required to cut those bills by $400 a year: $500

Proportion of water in drought-afflicted Georgia used for cooling power plants: more than half

Total electricity sales of eight Southeastern utilities: 470,000 gigawatt-hours

Amount of renewable generation those eight utilities have access to: over 106,000 gigawatt-hours

Amount the Tennessee Valley Authority committed to invest in energy efficiency at its August 2007 board meeting: $22 million

What that represents per capita: $2.53

Utilities' national average per capita spending for energy efficiency in 2004: $4.93

Annual investment TVA could make if it spent 1 percent of revenues on energy efficiency: $97 million

Estimated number of jobs that a renewable energy standard would create in Tennessee: 40,000

Cost to N.C.-based Duke Energy for its proposed Save-a-Watt efficiency program: 2 cents/kilowatt-hour

Amount Duke Energy would charge its customers for the program: 5.2 cents/kilowatt-hour

Save-a-Watt's rank among the costliest utility efficiency programs for consumers: 1