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Energy Efficiency Efforts Score Major Success

The New York State Public Service Commission received a report from staff of the Department of Public Service regarding the first quarter performance of the Commission’s landmark Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS), one of the most comprehensive and aggressive energy efficiency initiatives in the nation. The fundamental objective of EEPS is to put in place new energy efficiency programs that will help reduce New York's electricity usage by 15 percent of forecast levels by 2015, with comparable results in natural gas efficiency, and to provide a variety of other environmental and economic benefits to New Yorkers. Programs under EEPS are available from State’s electric and gas utilities as well as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). To date the Commission has, after careful consideration, approved 90 individual programs supported by about $922 million of ratepayer funding to be collected through the end of 2011. Staff’s report, when issued, may be obtained by going to the Commission Documents section of the Commission’s Web site at www.dps.state.ny.us and entering Case Number 07-M-0548 in the input box labeled “Search for Case/Matter Number.