Friday, January 04, 2013

Markets for energy efficiency in 2013: part II

Friday, January 04, 2013
The greenest in the United States holds the unofficial title of California. But Massachusetts could be the Crown of swipe card reader if it maintains the current pace of investment in green energy.

For those in the energy efficiency industry, Massachusetts is a State for the opportunity to see. The American Council for an energy efficient economy has named the top state for energy efficiency Massachusetts two years in a row. Massachusetts spends more per capita on efficiency than anyone else, and it requires that the utilities are looking for all cost-effective energy efficiency before the new power sources.

Expect the opportunity to increase in Massachusetts next year. A key State of advisory Council in November approved utility efficiency plans, the total $2.01 billion 2013-2015. The plans require the approval of the State Department of public utilities. A decision is expected by early 2013.

Utilities expect plans to 3.7 million MWh of electricity, enough to make more than 500,000 households to save for a year. Medium for the programs income from the coming greenhouse from a surcharge on bills and auction regional gas initiative.

Massachusetts utilities already offer a broad swathe of the efficiency programs under their previous three-year plan. A report of Energy Advisory Board of the Massachusetts State legislature highlights results and contains several short case studies, including:

Cape Cod of famous Sea Crest hotel is more than $83,000 yearly energy costs $413,000 store due to a renovation, the re-insulation, energy star Windows is highly efficient lighting and sensors, and a roof that isolated weather against the salty air. The Sea Crest get incentives for $126.536. payback is 3.4 Jahre.Simonds international, a global manufacturer of cutting tools, installed a $5.5 million combined heat and power. In place save the project is expected to be more than 24 years Simonds $1.7 million per year. Simonds received incentives for $606.546. payback family in the town of Westford is 2.9 Jahre.Eine installed more than a dozen CFL lamps without cost, after a test. The investigator also recommended to seal the air leaks and house insulation add 48-year-old. The cost of the project $3.486, partly by providing incentives in the amount of $2,550. $228.36 Family of annual energy savings and payback is four years.
Neighboring Connecticut is to see another State in 2013. Already highly keyed by ACEEE, Connecticut prepares a new State energy plan that in the draft form placed renewed emphasis on energy efficiency. "Among other things, what the plan for the reach of 'All areas and all the buildings' calls, including Government, municipalities, universities, colleges, schools, hospitals, churches, businesses and real estate." It places special attention on small businesses and low-income housing.

Connecticut's plan goes beyond a 'traditional focus on improved lighting and weather stripping, lower efficiencies in heating, air conditioning, ventilation, insulation, Windows, furnaces, boilers and other devices to deliver."

Furthermore, the Connecticut efficiency standards for new buildings and retrofitting plans set. The plan calls for building benchmarking and requiring that the owners then efficiency to disclose results for rental or sale of real estate.

Connecticut's proposal wraps the reader on the site of the Connecticut Department of energy and environmental protection can follow its way through the Government approval process.

Then there is California, no longer number one for energy efficiency, but always the elephant in the room when it comes to green energy in the United States. The California public utilities Commission has about 2 billion $ in energy-efficiency programs for 2013-2014 approved.

"The nearly $2 billion investment over the next two years allows utility companies, municipalities, non-profit organizations and others such as efficiency energy auditors programs dissipate installers and retrofit companies January 2013, electric and gas utility customers save energy, help", says Lara Ettenson, Director at the natural resources Defense Council, in a recent blog.

More information are advocating website California Department of the taxpayer.

For information on the prospect for the business in New York, in my blog December 12 "efficiency markets for energy 2013: part I" at

And to immediate opportunities for energy-efficiency company track, see energy efficiency of markets freely per list of talk, also available at

ELISA Wood is a long-time energy writer, which carries regularly several top energy industry publications. Their work was picked up by the New York Times, CNN, and Reuters.

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