Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships congratulates the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for capturing the top spot in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 2013 State Efficiency Scorecard for the third consecutive year. The highly-regarded report measures states on a variety of efforts that recognize energy efficiency as a least-cost resource able to meet energy needs while growing the economy and protecting the environment.
The Northeast Region takes 6 of the top 10 spots in the 2013 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Policy Scorecard!
For the third year in a row, Massachusetts edged out California behind its high-scoring efforts on innovative policies and public benefits programs geared toward helping customers cut energy costs. Additionally, Connecticut and Rhode Island continued their upward climb, thanks in large part to strong legislative and/or gubernatorial commitments to making energy efficiency a priority resource in their states.
As of July 9, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to approve the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010, with non-weakening amendments. The Board had previously voted for a one year concurrency period where either the 2009 or 2012 IECC can be used. Starting July 2014, 2012 IECC for residential and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 for commercial will be the mandatory statewide building energy code.
Massachusetts joins the states of Maryland (which adopted the 2012 IECC back in January of 2012), Rhode Island (adopted in July 2013) and Illinois (adopted in January 2013). Congratulations Massachusetts, for continuing to advance the state’s building energy code — a critical component for remaining at the forefront of energy efficiency!
Increasing severe weather events. Increasing plug load. An aging infrastructure. Cyber security concerns. The advance of electric cars. The trend toward more distributed and renewable energy generation. Smart appliances. Smart users. And an increasing focus on energy efficiency in buildings and products. So what will the power grid of the future look like? What will it mean for customers? And who should pay for these upgrades?
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) recently kicked off a Grid Modernization Working Group to examine the policies that will enable the state’s electric distribution companies and their customers to harness the new technologies and best practices of our increasingly dynamic and sophisticated electric system. Admittedly, the electric grid that we live with today was designed for much simpler times.
Presidential election aside, November brings many important state and federal policy developments for energy efficiency. From state elections and energy efficiency plans, the Northeast states will be busy this month shaping energy and regulatory policy and NEEP will be there to provide you with context and analysis on what’s to come. Here are some notable developments in energy efficiency policy that we’re following: Continue reading
Northeast Region Tops the Nation in Energy Efficiency
The much anticipated state energy efficiency policy scorecard was just issued by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and, once again, Massachusetts has topped the list as the number one state in the nation for energy efficiency public policies. (See: http://www.aceee.org/sector/state-policy/)