Combined Heat and Power Partnership
Energy Efficiency Fund
|Date Last Updated||2/25/2014|
|Policy Type||Public Benefits Fund|
|Policy Administrator/Contact Office||Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council|
|Policy Initiation Date||11/25/1997|
|Policy Summary||The energy efficiency fund is authorized to support energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management (DSM) programs and low-income energy programs. It is funded by several sources: a non-bypassable surcharge of $0.0025 per kilowatt-hour imposed on customers of all investor-owned electric utilities in Massachusetts; amounts generated under the Forward Capacity Market program administered by ISO-NE; cap-and-trade pollution-control programs, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the NOx Allowance Trading Program; and other sources approved by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The energy efficiency surcharge does not have an expiration date.|
Efficiency programs are administered by electric utilities and municipal aggregators, with approval by a state-appointed Energy Efficiency Advisory Council consisting of a broad group of stakeholders and the DPU. DOER is responsible for program oversight and evaluation. The Energy Efficiency Advisory Council's web site includes minutes from meetings, information about upcoming meetings, as well as mid-term amendments to the energy efficiency plans.
The Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and the DPU are also authorized to approve and fund natural gas energy efficiency programs, including DSM programs and low-income energy programs, proposed by natural gas distribution companies. Energy efficiency activities eligible for funding through these programs include combined heat and power (CHP). Gas efficiency programs are administered by gas distribution companies.
Funding for CHP projects provided by these resources would be found under related dCHPP incentive types (e.g., loan, grant, or rebate).
|CHP Eligibility Requirements||Does Not Specify|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||Does Not Specify|
|Minimum Efficiency Required/|
Other Performance Requirements
|Does Not Specify|