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Rhode Island’s Comprehensive Energy Conservation, Efficiency and Affordability Act of 2006 (“2006 Comprehensive Energy Act”) established a comprehensive energy policy that explicitly and systematically requires maximization of ratepayers’ economic savings through investments in all cost-effective energy efficiency. By means of this requirement on the distribution utility to procure all cost-effective energy efficiency, Rhode Island ratepayers have saved and will continue to save hundreds of millions of dollars in energy bills over the next decade.
The primary guidelines informing the planning process to achieve this objective are the Standards for energy efficiency and conservation procurement and system reliability (“the Standards”). The EERMC proposed the initial Standards in June, 2008, and a subsequent revision was approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in July, 2008. Updates to the Standards were proposed by the EERMC in 2011 under Docket No. 4202, and again in 2014 under Docket No. 4443, which were both approved by the PUC. The purpose of the these Standards is to provide sufficient direction to guide National Grid in its 3-Year and Annual Plans.
To learn more about the enabling legislation and Least Cost Procurement Law, please follow the links below.