The more energy efficient a utility is, the more likely that business customers will be paying less when it comes to their electricity bills, and a new scorecard from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) indicates that Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts are at the top of the list of energy efficiency utilities. One of the most common efficiency programs from the top utilities were measures custom-designed for industrial and commercial customers.
For example, Eversource Massachusetts offers equipment rebates for adding new, high-efficiency equipment, replacing end-of-life equipment with high-efficiency models, or upgrading to high-efficiency equipment.
The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard looks at the performance of the 51 largest electric utilities in the US and highlights cutting-edge efforts. After the two Massachusetts utilities, which both earned the same score, Pacific Gas & Electric, Baltimore Gas & Electric, and Eversource Connecticut rounded out the top five.
“Utilities are the primary providers of energy efficiency programs for US electricity customers. These programs deliver enormous benefits to households and businesses,” the ACEEE says.
Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts both achieved more than 3% savings (as a percentage of their retail sales in 2015). These utilities, along with the rest of the top 10, show improved efficiency via a wide range of long-term programs and policies. At the bottom of the energy efficiency scorecard were Ohio Edison, Florida Power and Light, Entergy LA, Dominion Energy, and Alabama Power.
The ACEEE says that the area of the country with the most energy efficient utilities is the Northeast, which had an average score that was more than twice that of utilities in the Southeast.