Rhode Island recognized as national leader in energy efficiency
Once again, Rhode Island is among the leading states in the nation when it comes to energy efficiency. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard today and Rhode Island moved up to third from last year’s fourth place ranking.
“Rhode Islanders recognize the significant benefits energy efficiency programs can have when it comes to improving our energy use,” said Tim Horan, President and COO of National Grid in Rhode Island. “Residential customers, businesses, municipalities, and the state itself, are all benefiting from these important initiatives and National Grid is proud to be a lead partner in those efforts.”
National Grid supports its communities in their energy efficiency needs, providing services that translate to huge savings for customers and reduces the collective carbon footprint in the state. In 2016, energy efficiency programs created 214,329 MWh energy savings and 417,820 annual MMBtu savings. $217.9 million in cost savings will be realized over the life of the installed electric energy efficiency measures and $51.1 million in cost savings over the life of the installed gas energy efficiency measures that were created for Rhode Island customers in 2016.
In addition, energy efficiency programs also supported 702 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers in the state and of the 923 companies and agencies involved in National Grid’s 2016 energy efficiency programs, 82 percent were located in Rhode Island. Looking back to 2006 the energy efficiency programs in Rhode Island have provided consumers with over $2.3 billion in economic benefits and produced over 1.3 million MWh of electricity savings and over 2.4 million MMBtu of natural gas savings.
“We congratulate Governor Raimondo, the General Assembly, the Energy Efficiency Resource Management Council, the Office of Energy Resources, the Public Utilities Commission, the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, and all Rhode Islanders on this great achievement. National Grid looks forward to continuing our role in keeping Rhode Island among the nation’s leaders in energy efficiency,” Horan added.
To learn more about the impact of Rhode Island and National Grid’s energy efficiency programs, check out the State of Rhode Island Energy Efficiency & Resource Management Council’s Annual Report
You can also learn more about saving tips and incentives Rhode Islanders can use to make their homes or businesses more energy efficient by visiting www.ngrid.com/save