3.1.7 State Energy Efficiency Resource Standards

LPDD Recommendation: “States should adopt EERS’s with an aggressive initial annual savings level that ratchets up each year, and should periodically reexamine and strengthen the required savings level as more-efficient technologies evolve.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States should design and implement effective energy efficiency programs to achieve annual energy savings equal to at least 2% of utility electricity sales (the current average is 0.71%) and increase over time, and states who aim to lead on energy efficiency should set the minimum level at 3% or higher.”

EmPower Maryland

Requires utilities to achieve energy savings reductions equivalent to two percent of sales per year for the 2020-2030 program cycle.

ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Ranks states on their policy and program efforts, not only assessing performance but also documenting best practices and recognizing leadership.

New Jersey’s EERS

State legislation and responsive PUC Order requires each utility to implement energy efficiency measures to reduce electricity usage by 2.15 percent and natural gas usage by 1.1 percent annually.

New Hampshire’s SB 284

In 2019’s SB 284, New Hampshire established a statewide, multi-use online energy data platform, allowing consumers to monitor their energy usage and encourage energy efficient behaviors.

New York’s EERS

Establishes a 2030 goal to increase energy efficiency from 2012 levels by 23%, and incorporates the governor’s previous target of 185 trillion Btus of end-use energy savings below the 2025 energy-use forecast.

Rhode Island’s EERS

Establishes a Least Cost Procurement mandate, requiring utilities to acquire all cost-effective energy efficiency with input and review from the Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council. 

Massachusetts’ EERS

Requires that electric and gas utilities procure all cost-effective energy efficiency, which requirements the state’s PUC administers on a three-year planning cycle.