Lexington, MA (December 5, 2012) – The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) recently awarded Connecticut its highest honor as a regional leader in energy efficiency in its second-annual Regional Roundup of Energy Efficiency Policy in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic States.
Geared towards policymakers, efficiency advocates, program administrators, and other stakeholders, NEEP’s Roundup provides a comparative view of energy efficiency progress and setbacks in the region. NEEP looked at the biggest energy efficiency policy developments of 2012, including regional trends and shared challenges. The aim of the Roundup is to gauge progress towards capturing energy efficiency as a resource in meeting today’s pressing energy and environmental challenges, including controlling energy costs, improving system reliability, strengthening the economy, growing jobs, improving public health, and curbing emissions of green house gases and other pollutants.
NEEP evaluated twelve states in the region, including Washington D.C., and categorized them as either “Leading the Pack” (highest ranking), “Keeping Pace,” “Falling Behind,” or “On the Starting Blocks” (lowest ranking), based on their energy efficiency successes and setbacks.
Connecticut was identified among those as “Leading the Pack.” NEEP cited Connecticut’s “aggressive savings goals” and a “supportive administration” as major factors in its ranking. NEEP lauded the state’s Draft Comprehensive Energy Plan as well as Connecticut’s high rate of participation by residents, businesses, and municipalities in utility administered energy efficiency programs offered through the state’s Energy Efficiency Fund.
“We are clearly seeing evidence of the effectiveness of the programs we’ve put in place to help people save energy, save money, and be environmentally conscious,” notes Jamie Howland of ENE (Environment Northeast) and the Energy Efficiency Fund’s Board First Vice Chairman. “We want to grow these programs and take advantage of every opportunity to save energy and money and a process is underway now to do just that. At the same time, all state residents and businesses should be encouraged by NEEP’s recognition of Connecticut and should urge their neighbors and colleagues to sign up for these effective, well-run programs by calling 1-877-WISE-USE.”
In 2011, more than 714,000 households and 4,200 businesses participated in energy efficiency programs in Connecticut, saving approximately $72 million and reducing CO2 emissions by over 244,000 tons.
Other reasons cited for Connecticut’s top ranking include the formation of the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) and a commitment to improve energy code and other building policies.
States joining Connecticut as “Leading the Pack” in energy efficiency include Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
For more information on NEEP’s Roundup, please visit www.neep.org/public-policy/policy-outreach-and-analysis/2012-regional-roundup.
About Energize Connecticut
Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.