MASSACHUSETTS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS RECEIVE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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31 Jan 2013
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The Association of Energy Service Professionals Recognized Providers for Excellence in Market Research and Evaluation
Waltham, MA – January 29, 2013 – The Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) today recognized energy efficiency program administrators (PAs) in Massachusetts with an Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Market Research and Evaluation. The award acknowledged a first-of-its-kind, innovative two-day summit that Mass. PAs hosted in May of 2012 in an effort to engage all Mass. stakeholders in soliciting feedback and ideas that would help shape Massachusetts’ 2013 – 2015 energy efficiency plan and beyond. The award was presented during the AESP’s 23rd Annual National Conference and Expo being held in Orlando, FL, January 28-31.
The Energy Efficiency PAs are a consortium of investor-owned Massachusetts utilities – National Grid, NSTAR, Western Massachusetts Electric, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, New England Gas, Unitil, Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas – and the municipal aggregator Cape Light Compact.
“We are extremely honored to receive such a highly sought after and prestigious award from the AESP,” said Edward White, vice president, Customer and Business Strategy, National Grid. “National Grid is committed to providing innovative energy efficiency services that will help our customers save money while reducing their carbon footprint. The Appreciative Inquiry Summit was a great forum for us to connect directly with customers and others concerned with how energy affects our lives. Efforts like this exemplify why Massachusetts leads the nation on energy efficiency.”
The Program Administrators worked collaboratively to sponsor and support the Summit entitled “Massachusetts: Leading the Nation in the Energy Savings Revolution--Building a Better Tomorrow Through Energy Efficiency Today.” This Summit was designed to provide a forum for business and civic leaders, policy makers, advocates, and residents to engage in highly interactive sessions to generate ideas that could be used to help shape the next 3-year Energy Efficiency Plans, as well as longer-term plans, that will ultimately form a roadmap for Massachusetts’ energy efficiency future.
Over three hundred people came together over the course of two days, under the direction of Dr. David Cooperrider, to create eleven specific statements of aspiration – designed to embody their vision of the state’s energy efficiency future. They also crafted seventeen specific recommendations that have been used to shape Massachusetts’ Energy Efficiency Plans for 2013 – 2015 and beyond.
Since the Summit was held, the PAs have unveiled a new three-year plan to deliver energy efficiency services that will result in nearly $9 billion dollars in benefits to residents and businesses across the Commonwealth. The three-year plan was unanimously endorsed on November 13, 2012 by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC), an eleven member Council established under the Green Communities Act (GCA) and is currently under review by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.
In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.
National Grid delivers electricity to more than 3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving more than 3 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.