The Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council this week approved a resolution of support for the 2016-2018 Massachusetts Joint Statewide Three-Year Electric and Gas Energy Efficiency Investment Plan, according to the Worcester Business Journal Online.
The site says that the plan directs utility companies to use energy efficiency approaches that cost less than buying directly from power plants. It calls for annual retail sale savings of 2.93 percent in electricity and 1.24 percent in gas. These are the most aggressive goals in the nation, the story said.
The plan will provide $8.13 billion in economic benefits and energy savings over a three-year period. The story says that statewide and utility plans must be filed with the Department of Public Utility by tomorrow.
The state’s aggressive stance on utilities – which is something that is of interest to businesses – is in line with its overall energy efficient nature. WWLP reports that The American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy has found Massachusetts to be the most energy efficient state. The Bay State has taken the honor five straight times. California was second and Vermont third. The least energy efficient states, according to the organization, are Colorado and North Dakota.