New Three Year Energy Efficiency Plan for Massachusetts

THE Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities has issued an order approving the 2016‑2018 Three‑Year Energy Efficiency Plans of the Commonwealth’s electric and gas distribution companies and the Cape Light Compact. 

The Plan, supported by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, is expected to deliver an estimated $8 billion in economic, environmental and energy benefits - or three dollars in benefits for every dollar invested in efficiency.

“The Department’s approval of the Three-Year Plans is a victory for customers, the environment, and the economy,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce energy and environmental costs for businesses and homeowners while helping Massachusetts meet its clean energy and climate goals.”

The Three‑Year Plans were developed through a comprehensive and collaborative effort involving the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. The Council, chaired by the Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), represents a broad spectrum of stakeholder perspectives, including, but not limited to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, low-income advocates, advocates for large and small businesses, and environmental groups.

The energy savings goals in the 2016-2018 Plans once again set USA leading savings levels for both electricity (2.93% of retail sales) and gas (1.24% of retail sales). The Plans also ensure continued growth of cost-effective energy efficiency in the Commonwealth with year over year increases in annual and lifetime savings goals for both electric and gas. These goal levels represent a significant increase from the 2013-2015 Three Year Plans, including a 15% increase in electric savings and a 10% increase in gas savings.

The energy efficiency programs in the Plans are expected to reduce statewide carbon emissions by 1.95 million tons annually.  This reduction is comparable to taking approximately 410,162 cars off of the road over the course of the Three‑Year Plans.

Picture of Worcester Massachusetts by Viking1943 reproduced under CCL.

Monday 1st February 2016

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