Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

Aggressive Steps to Increase Efficiency Central to Massachusetts and Connecticut Energy Plans

MA EE Plan 2013-15The Northeast stands out for its aggressive pursuit of energy efficiency, as demonstrated by the presence of six of its states– Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont – on the top-ten list in the most recent national scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Massachusetts has occupied the scorecard’s first place since 2011, and its ambitious energy-efficiency plan for 2013-2015, along with new initiatives for building rating and commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, suggest it is not content to rest on its laurels. Continue reading

State Clean-Energy Banks Can Reduce Reliance on Subsidies and Lower Costs, Report Says

New finance entities being developed by a handful of states to foster clean-energy development can reduce the dependence of such projects on federal subsidies and help lower costs, says a new report from the Brookings Institution. Continue reading

New Studies Uphold the Value of Energy-Efficiency Programs

Two questions are often raised about energy-efficiency programs, particularly those supported by the public-benefits charges on utility bills and by government incentives to which all of us contribute as rate- and taxpayers: Do such programs really deliver the expected reductions in energy use, and even if they do, might they nonetheless be futile because their savings are likely to be cancelled out by the so-called rebound effect? Continue reading