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Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Providers Unveil Aggressive New Savings Plan for Gas and Electric Customers



  Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Providers Unveil Aggressive New Savings Plan
  for Gas and Electric Customers

New three-year energy efficiency plan aims to create nearly $9 billion dollars
                       in benefits from energy savings

Business Wire

BOSTON -- November 15, 2012

On the heels of being named the most energy efficient state in the country,
Massachusetts’ energy efficiency providers are looking to help the
commonwealth keep that distinction by unveiling a new three-year plan to
deliver energy efficiency services that will result in nearly $9 billion
dollars in economic benefits to residents and businesses across the
commonwealth. The three-year plan was unanimously approved on November 13,
2012 by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC), an eleven member
Council established under the Green Communities Act (GCA).

This is the second three-year plan that has been developed in response to the
GCA which calls for the state’s energy efficiency Program Administrators to
develop a comprehensive statewide plan every three years that addresses energy
needs by first investing in energy efficiency and demand reduction before
purchasing new energy supply. The Program Administrators are made up of
Massachusetts utilities NSTAR, National Grid, Western Massachusetts Electric,
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, New England Gas, Unitil, Berkshire Gas,
Blackstone Gas and the municipal aggregator Cape Light Compact.

“We’re extremely proud of the success of our first-ever three-year plan that
coordinates energy efficiency offerings across the commonwealth,” said Penni
Conner, Chief Customer Officer for Northeast Utilities, parent company of
NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric Company. “Our goals for the next
three years are aggressive and will challenge us all to continue to deliver
superior services to our customers.”

In developing their new plan for 2013 - 2015, Program Administrators worked
closely with the Patrick Administration, the office of Attorney General Martha
Coakley and the EEAC. Program Administrators also worked with a diverse group
of stakeholders that included business and civic leaders, policy makers,
advocates and Massachusetts residents in a highly interactive two-day summit
designed to generate ideas to shape new energy efficiency programs. In
addition to existing successful efforts, such as free Mass Save® home energy
audits, equipment rebates, low-income services and HEAT Loan financing
programs, additional ideas generated from the sessions incorporated into the
new plan include approaches targeted specifically toward economically
challenged neighborhoods, the healthcare sector and office space.

“In creating this renewed plan, we continued with elements that are working
from the previous plan, discarded the ones that aren’t, and most importantly,
we incorporated new energy efficiency program ideas based on feedback received
directly from our customers,” said Edward White, Vice President, Customer and
Business Strategy, National Grid. “Massachusetts’ energy efficiency program
efforts have been recognized both within the commonwealth and nationally, and
we look forward to paving an even deeper path for savings for our customers
while simultaneously achieving significant greenhouse gas reductions.”

One hallmark of the Program Administrators’ comprehensive plan is their
commitment to continued nationally-recognized services to low-income
customers. This low income delivery effort is coordinated through the state’s
low-income weatherization and fuel assistance program network.

“We look forward to providing cost effective, whole house, energy efficiency
services, along with the Program Administrators, to all low income homes and
communities throughout Massachusetts,” said Elliott Jacobson, Vice President,
Energy Action, Inc. “The plan provides the opportunities to make energy more
affordable, lower energy consumption, and decrease negative environmental
impacts. We thank the Program Administrators for their support and commitment,
and we thank the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) for their role in
creating the collaborative process that resulted in this ambitious three year
plan.”

In keeping with the GCA, the Program Administrators’ plan also calls for
promoting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and stimulating job
creation in the clean energy sector. With projected Program Administrator
costs of approximately $2 billion and estimated savings benefits of nearly $9
billion, economic and environmental benefits to consumers will be substantial.

From a job creation standpoint, the Program Administrators estimate that 2,300
jobs will be created in clean energy as a result of the implementation of the
energy efficiency programs for residential and business customers.

“In addition to the energy savings that our efficiency programs deliver to
customers, we are helping move the economy forward,” said Steve Bryant,
President of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. “These jobs provide a very good
wage and will create growth opportunities for workers in the energy industry.”

Having already obtained the unanimous support of the EEAC for the 2013-2015
statewide plan, the individual Program Administrators are now seeking final
approval on their territory-specific plans from the Department of Public
Utilities (DPU). The DPU is expected to act on these requests in January 2013.

About NSTAR

NSTAR, a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU), transmits and delivers
electricity and natural gas to 1.4 million customers in Eastern and Central
Massachusetts, including more than one million electric customers in 81
communities and 300,000 gas customers in 51 communities. For more information,
please visit our website: www.nstar.com. Friend us on Facebook, and follow us
on Twitter: @nstar_news.

Contact:

Northeast Utilities
Caroline Pretyman, 617-424-2460
caroline.pretyman@nu.com
or
NSTAR
Mike Durand, 508-441-5831
michael.durand@nstar.com
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