Connecticut is a leading state in its energy efficiency programs and policies, with strong policy leadership on efficiency from the governor on down through the legislature. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in December 2015 gave its approval with conditions to the proposed 2016-18 Conservation and Load Management Plan — the joint, statewide electric and gas energy efficiency plans. The 2017 update to the plan includes specific details on demand response pilots, as well as a peak time rebate program that will be offered by United Illuminating (Iberdola) in 2018.
In March 2015, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued their final Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) as required by statute. The plan examines resource adequacy for the state, with efficiency continuing to play a leading role. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s emphasis on natural gas pipeline expansion is also a major strategy of the plan, leaving some doubt as to the role energy efficiency will play in meeting resource need.
The Energy Efficiency Board and the Connecticut Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA or the “Green Bank”) are now holding quarterly joint board meetings. This initiative has improved communication and coordination of program funds. The Green Bank will use private capital to help recapitalize some of the financing products that the utilities use, with the Energy Efficiency Fund dollars helping to ensure projects are economical for customers.
Policy & Program Information
Connecticut at a Glance
Direct Jobs in Energy Efficiency
Electric Program Expenditures:
|Gas Program Expenditures:||$40.1 million|
|Per Capita Expenditures:||$61.37|
|Electric Savings:||408,365 MWh|
|Electric Savings as Percent of Retail Sales:||1.39%|
|Gas Savings:||5.7 million therms|
|Gas Savings as Percent of Retail Sales:||0.44%|