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Massachusetts Proposes Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plans

The state of Massachusetts on Friday announced ambitious energy efficiency plans for utilities that aim to triple the electricity conservation of previous plans and save utility customers $6 billion by 2012. The plans were developed after the Green Communities Act of 2008 required electric and gas utilities to guarantee customers access to any resource that increases energy efficiency or reduces demand and also costs less than new energy supply. The Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, which included various energy, business and environmental interests, including Environment Northeast, developed the program over more than two dozen meetings. The utilities will invest about $2.2 billion in efficiency programs during the next three years. Utilities will pass on at least half of the costs to consumers but that will be made up by the projected $6 billion savings. 01/29 AP