Boosting Our Economy by Using Less Energy
Managing demand for electricity is the cleanest and cheapest way for New England to meet its energy needs. We can save money and create jobs while cutting our use of the dirty, outdated fuels that cause climate change.
Here in New England, each state has programs to support investments in energy efficiency.
CLF has been instrumental in creating an infrastructure that generates revenue for these programs, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the profits from which are reinvested in efficiency programs.
One challenge in promoting more efficiency has been how to create the business and regulatory structures that allow reducing energy use to be as profitable as building yet another power plant. Traditionally, utilities have made more money by selling more electricity, giving them no incentive to promote efficiency. CLF has led the way in correcting this imbalance in Massachusetts by decoupling utility profits from the amount of energy sold.
Now, we’re working state by state to safeguard and grow funding for efficiency programs.