Massachusetts pushes to stay #1 in energy efficiency (and what it means for your state)



Quick Take:  Massachusetts is number one in the country when it comes to energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and has been so for the past three years in a row.


But it is not resting on its laurels, as you will read below. What's that have to do with your state? Massachusetts has become a bellwether state for energy. If it is pushing hard for more energy efficiency, you can expect this trend to spread to other jurisdictions. That means you may soon be facing increased energy efficiency mandates. And lower overall sales. - Jesse Berst


Massachusetts utilities are issuing more than 20 energy efficiency RFPs, according to The initiatives come at the behest of the state's Department of Energy Resources. They include lighting programs, commercial and industrial retrofits, building audits, home energy services, rebates, educational programs, behavioral modification and others.


The state has separately set aside $40 million for microgrids and similar approaches to harden the grid against storms. Through the program, the state plans to issue grants for not only microgrids, but also combined heat and power, district energy, energy storage, fuel cells, energy management, demand response, grid stability technologies, and other critical energy services.


And it was only last December that Massachusetts ordered utilities to modernize, starting with a modernization roadmap. It now has a Massachusetts grid modernization home page that reports on progress. Utilities from other states may find it useful to study Massachusetts' findings for ideas they can use.


Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.


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