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National Grid Wants to Triple Energy Efficiency Programs

National Grid submitted a proposal to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to expand its energy efficiency programs by a factor of three between 2010 and 2012. The energy retailer says that its plan would reduce energy use 2 percent by 2012 and help customers save $2 billion over the life of energy efficiency measures that are implemented.  National Grid wants to expand its electricity energy efficiency programs from the current $85 million to about $570 million in the three-year period between 2010 and 2012. Natural gas energy efficiency programs would go from $20 million now to nearly $200 million over those three years. To support the programs, the typical residential customer using 500 kWh per month would see a $1.15 monthly increase, while natural gas customers using 82 therms a month would see a monthly hike of $3.25.  11/10 Environmental Leader