Energy Efficiency First Fuel Requirement (Gas and Electric) (Massachusetts)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Massachusetts

Name Energy Efficiency First Fuel Requirement (Gas and Electric)
Incentive Type Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Applicable Sector Investor-Owned Utility, Utility, Cape Light Compact
Eligible Technologies Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Electric Sales Reduction Reduce 1,103 GWh electricity in 2012
Natural Gas Sales Reduction Reduce 24.7 million therms by 2012

Date added to DSIRE 2010-12-15
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-27

References DSIRE[1]


Note: The 2013 Three Year Efficiency Plans have not yet been approved. The process is underway. For the latest draft plan, review the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council web site. This summary will be updated once the Three Year Efficiency Plans have been approved in early 2013.

In 2008, Governor Patrick signed a major energy reform bill, the Green Communities Act (S.B. 2768). This bill required electric and gas utilities prioritize cost-effective energy efficiency and demand reduction resources over supply resources and ordered that utilities submit three-year plans outlining how they would meet the requirement. The bill also created the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) to play a key role in designing and reviewing utility plans designed to meet the requirements of the Green Communities Act.

According to the approved three-year plans, Massachusetts will save approximately 2,625 gigawatt hours (GWh) and 57 million therms of natural gas during the three year period (2010-2012). In September 2012, the Massachusetts EEAC issued its 2011 report outlining progress towards those goals.

Funding to implement the plans comes from a variety of sources including: a non-bypassable surcharge of surcharge is $0.0025 per kilowatt-hour (2.5 mills/kWh), imposed on customers of all investor-owned electric utilities in Massachusetts; amounts generated under the Forward Capacity Market program administered by ISO-NE; cap-and-trade pollution-control programs, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the NOx Allowance Trading Program; and other sources approved by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

S.B. 2768 also established the alternative energy portfolio standard (APS), which requires meeting 5% state's electric load with "alternative energy" by 2020 --most of which will be met by combined heat and power. For more information on this standard, see Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Information - EEAC
Department Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

Contact Name Mike Sherman
Department Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)

Address 100 Cambridge St., Suite 1020

Place Boston, Massachusetts
Zip/Postal Code 02114
Phone (617) 626-7387 Ext:40187

Fax (617) 727-0030
Website http://www.Mass.Gov/DOER

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: M.G.L. ch. 25, § 21
Date Effective 2009-01-01
Date Enacted 2008-06-02

Authority 2: D.P.U. 09-116 through D.P.U. 09-120 Order on Electric Three-Year Efficiency Plans

Date Enacted 2010-01-28

Authority 3: D.P.U. 09-121 through D.P.U. 09-128 Order on Gas Three-Year Efficiency Plans

Date Enacted 2010-01-28

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"