Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
We’ve had some terrific news about our efforts leading the clean energy revolution and it’s time for a victory lap. On Thursday, October 20, 2011, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the No. 1 state in the nation for energy efficiency at an event in Washington, D.C. that I attended with Governor Patrick. For the first time in five years, since ACEEE began its State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a state other than California was the national leader. We are honored and proud that Massachusetts is the new leader.
This recognition is no accident. Under Gov. Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts has adopted some of the most ambitious energy efficiency targets and created some of the most innovative efficiency programs in the nation. In 2008, the Patrick-Murray Administration passed the Green Communities Act, which established energy efficiency as the state’s first fuel and created the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council to guide the development of comprehensive, statewide energy efficiency plans, in collaboration with electric and natural gas utility companies, to pursue all energy efficiency that costs less than buying energy. That same year, Governor Patrick also signed the Green Jobs Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act.
The ACEEE scorecard recognizes Massachusetts for having the most aggressive energy efficiency targets in the nation, and cites the Green Communities Act as central to its success. The ACEEE also noted the effectiveness of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s integrated approach to creating jobs, helping clean energy businesses thrive, improving energy security and lowering energy costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
With the help of the Legislature, contractors, utilities, and hundreds of communities across the state, we’re working hard to meet our ambitious energy goals. This work includes cities and towns; 74 cities and towns have been designated as Green Communities and have invested more than $15.5 million to implement energy efficiency and renewable technologies. These 74 Green Communities have committed to a total reduction in energy consumption equivalent to the annual energy consumption of approximately 12,978 New England households.
Here’s a snippet from the report, which ranks states based on an array of metrics aimed at measuring leadership in energy efficiency and program implementation.
"Massachusetts has a long record of success implementing energy efficiency programs,” said ACEEE in its report. “The state took a major leap forward in 2008, however, when it passed the Green Communities Act , which established energy efficiency as the state’s 'first-priority' resource, creating an Energy Efficiency Advisory Council to collaborate with utilities to develop statewide efficiency plans in three-year cycles. The three-year plan in operation aims to achieve electric savings equal to 2.4 percent and natural gas savings equal to 1.5 percent of sales in 2012, which amounts to the most aggressive EERS target in the nation. The Green Communities Act is ultimately expected to lead to an investment of $2.2 billion in energy efficiency and demand resources between 2010 and 2012."
We still have a lot of work to do but this is a wonderful recognition of our efforts so far.
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