On the heels of being named the most energy efficient state in the country, Massachusetts’ energy efficiency providers are looking to help the commonwealth keep that distinction by unveiling a new three-year plan to deliver energy efficiency services that will result in nearly $9 billion dollars in economic benefits to residents and businesses across the commonwealth. The three-year plan was unanimously approved on November 13, 2012 by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC), an eleven member Council established under the Green Communities Act (GCA).
This is the second three-year plan that has been developed in response to the GCA which calls for the state’s energy efficiency Program Administrators to develop a comprehensive statewide plan every three years that addresses energy needs by first investing in energy efficiency and demand reduction before purchasing new energy supply. The Program Administrators are made up of Massachusetts utilities NSTAR, National Grid, Western Massachusetts Electric, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, New England Gas, Unitil, Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas and the municipal aggregator Cape Light Compact.
“We’re extremely proud of the success of our first-ever three-year plan that coordinates energy efficiency offerings across the commonwealth,” said Penni Conner, Chief Customer Officer for Northeast Utilities, parent company of NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric Company. “Our goals for the next three years are aggressive and will challenge us all to continue to deliver superior services to our customers.”
In developing their new plan for 2013 - 2015, Program Administrators worked closely with the Patrick Administration, the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley and the EEAC. Program Administrators also worked with a diverse group of stakeholders that included business and civic leaders, policy makers, advocates and Massachusetts residents in a highly interactive two-day summit designed to generate ideas to shape new energy efficiency programs. In addition to existing successful efforts, such as free Mass Save® home energy audits, equipment rebates, low-income services and HEAT Loan financing programs, additional ideas generated from the sessions incorporated into the new plan include approaches targeted specifically toward economically challenged neighborhoods, the healthcare sector and office space.