New MA energy-efficiency program to save customers $9B

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In response to the Green Communities Act (GCA), Massachusetts -- which was recently named the most energy-efficient state in the country by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy -- has created its second three-year energy-efficiency program.

The GCA calls for the state's energy-efficiency program administrators -- NSTAR, National Grid, Western Massachusetts Electric, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, New England Gas, Unitil, Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas, and the municipal aggregator Cape Light Compact -- to develop a comprehensive statewide plan every three years to address energy needs by investing in energy efficiency and demand reduction before purchasing new energy supply.

The plan will produce nearly $9 billion in savings for residents and business across Massachusetts.

"In creating this renewed plan, we continued with elements that are working from the previous plan, discarded the ones that aren't, and most importantly, we incorporated new energy-efficiency program ideas based on feedback received directly from our customers," said Edward White, vice president, customer and business strategy, National Grid.

The three-year plan has already been unanimously approved by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, but still needs final Department of Public Utilities approval on territory-specific plans. The plans are expected to be reviewed in January 2013.

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