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Presentation by Aimee Powelka, Municipal Efficiency Coordinator, DOER. "Why do the utilities provide incentives for efficiency projects?"

Presentation by Aimee Powelka, Municipal Efficiency Coordinator, DOER. "Why do the utilities provide incentives for efficiency projects?"

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    Panel 2: DOER Green Communities Presentation Panel 2: DOER Green Communities Presentation Presentation Transcript

    • Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create a Cleaner Energy Future COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS Deval L. Patrick, Governor Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary Mark Sylvia, Commissioner Meg Lusardi, Director What Programs Do Utilities Offer MAPC Municipal Energy Through Mass Save and How Does Efficiency Finance They Work with an ESCO? Workshop Aimee Powelka November 15, 2012 Municipal Efficiency Coordinator Green Communities Division Dept. of Energy Resources1
    • MA is #1 in Energy Efficiency – Again! http://aceee.org/sector/state-policy/scorecard Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future
    • Green Communities Act 2008 Chapter 169, Section 21 “electric and natural gas resource needs shall first be met through all available energy efficiency and demand reduction resources that are cost effective or less expensive than supply.” Electric & gas utilities must pursue all cost-effective energy efficiency Statewide 3-year plans approved by Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and Dept. of Public Utilities Electric & gas utility “Program Administrators” are financially compensated based upon their performance Means they provide funds to “incentivize” efficiency projects Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future
    • Renewed Commitment to Energy Efficiency Three-Year Plans •2013-2015 plans were approved by EEAC, must be approved by DPU, expected January 2013 • Any major program changes occur with new 3-year plans: 2013 direct install municipal program Add municipal representative to Energy Efficiency Advisory Council Every Year •Minor adjustments to incentives levels & eligible technologies occur every year • Annual goals means projects must be completed by beginning December to count towards PA’s goals Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future
    • Why Use Mass Save? Pursue efficiency projects Receive incentives Convenient turn-key vendors Pre-existing relationship with utility For projects less than $100,000, no need to go out to bid if working with utility-qualified subcontractor (MGL c. 25A, Section 14, see full requirements at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/doer/green-communities/pubs-reports/contract- guidance.pdf) Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future
    • Why Use Mass Save Instead of a Performance Contract? Major efficiency projects already complete, only a few left to pursue Build case for efficiency by doing individual projects and demonstrating their cost savings No deferred maintenance needs Want to manage efficiency projects in-house to save cost Pursue limited number/scope projects Spread projects out over time Quick-payback projects using operating funds Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future