Energy Efficiency First Fuel Requirement (Gas and Electric) (Massachusetts)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|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|
|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|
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.
|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|
|Phone||(617) 626-7387 Ext:40187|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||M.G.L. ch. 25, § 21|
|Authority 2:||D.P.U. 09-116 through D.P.U. 09-120 Order on Electric Three-Year Efficiency Plans|
|Authority 3:||D.P.U. 09-121 through D.P.U. 09-128 Order on Gas Three-Year Efficiency Plans|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.