The General Assembly designed the 2006 Comprehensive Energy Bill to maximize ratepayers’ economic savings by placing a clear requirement on the distribution utility to procure all energy efficiency that is less costly than supply. To help determine the quantity of such efficiency resources and the cost savings to be enjoyed by Rhode Island ratepayers, the General Assembly charged the EERMC with producing an Opportunity Report that would identify: (1) the quantity of low cost efficiency resources existing in Rhode Island homes, business, and institutions and (2) System Reliability resources such as distributed generation, small scale renewables, and demand response in the state. The studies that follow were commissioned, directed, and managed by the EERMC to meet these goals. These studies are to be used by National Grid in developing its Least Cost Efficiency Procurement and System Reliability Plans, and by the EERMC in guiding the development of state policies and practices consistent with the findings and directives of the 2006 Comprehensive Energy Bill and the PUC’s Standards for Energy Efficiency and System Reliability Procurement.
File name: Opportunity Report Phase I
Published: July 15, 2008
File name: Opportunity Report Phase II
Published: August 30, 2010
File name: Opportunity Report – Gas and Unregulated Fuels
Published: July 11, 2012