BERLIN, Conn. and NEW HAVEN, Conn. October 21, 2011. The 2012 Conservation and Load Management Plan has been prepared and filed by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), the United Illuminating Company (UI), Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas and Yankee Gas, with input from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund’s board members. The plan provides descriptions, goals and budgets for all of the programs and initiatives supported by the Energy Efficiency Fund and administered by Connecticut’s electric and natural gas utility companies.
This is the 13th annual plan submitted by the utilities since the Energy Efficiency Fund was created, but the first to be submitted to the recently created state energy authority—the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
Connecticut has long been among the top states for energy efficiency. Governor Dannel Malloy wants to make Connecticut the number one state, as he told attendees at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and Connecticut Power and Energy Society’s ‘What’s the Deal?’ Energy Conference on October 5.
The plan includes strategies to support that goal, including an expanded scenario that would enable the utilities to serve more than 95,000 homes, an increase of 82 percent compared to current projections. Additionally, the plan would support energy efficiency services for approximately 6,000 small businesses, 2.5 times the current projection. The energy savings would result in an annual reduction of nearly 323,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of taking 56,000 cars off the road for a year.
“Helping residents and businesses control their energy costs has always been a primary focus,” said Ron Araujo, Acting Director of Customer Relations and Strategy, CL&P.
“Our plan features programs and incentives that enable businesses to make comprehensive, sustainable energy improvements.” The plan also supports many of the goals mandated in Public Act 11-80, the energy bill passed earlier this year, including a goal to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings by ten percent by 2013.
“This plan is a comprehensive approach to increasing energy savings for the benefit of Connecticut residents,” noted Pat McDonnell, Director of Conservation and Load Management, UI. “It provides a multifaceted approach that gives the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection significant tools to expand energy savings in Connecticut.”
Energy Efficiency Board First Vice Chairman Richard Steeves is eager to see the proposed increased savings scenario approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. “There is no downside to investing in energy efficiency,” stated Steeves. “The return on investment benefits every segment of society. Residents, businesses, municipalities—everyone saves, and our green jobs industry grows. Plus, we all share concerns about our environmental future. Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective strategy for combating climate change.”