New Massachusetts energy efficiency plan to push storage, heat pumps and 'demand response' (MassLive 2/4/19)
BOSTON -- Massachusetts utilities have won approval for a "nation-leading" plan to cut electricity and natural gas sales over the next three years.
The 2019-2021 energy efficiency plan, approved by the Department of Public Utilities on Jan. 29, would cut aggregate retail electricity sales by 2.7 percent and cut natural gas sales by 1.25 percent within the three-year period.
The plan provides new tools for Mass Save, the energy efficiency program run by the state's utilities. Homeowners will see incentives to switch from oil and propane furnaces to electric heat pumps. Commercial and industrial energy storage will be encouraged; "strategic electrification" will get a boost; and "demand response" -- where customers save money by curtailing or shifting consumption during periods of heavy power demand -- will gain greater footing.
The Baker administration said the new energy efficiency initiatives will deliver $8.6 billion in customer benefits by investing $2.8 billion in ratepayer money, "more than three dollars in benefits for every dollar invested." (read more)
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