The Public Benefit of Energy Efficiency to the State of Massachusetts

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The future of energy consumption, prices, and intensity remains uncertain, but this analysis suggests that greater energy efficiency has had, and may continue to have, a positive effect on the Massachusetts economy. Together, targeted energy-efficiency programs in commercial, industrial, and residential sectors have the potential to continue to provide benefits to Massachusetts, and they remain a cost-effective option for meeting the state's increasing energy demand. The authors show that savings from commercial ...

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Overview

The future of energy consumption, prices, and intensity remains uncertain, but this analysis suggests that greater energy efficiency has had, and may continue to have, a positive effect on the Massachusetts economy. Together, targeted energy-efficiency programs in commercial, industrial, and residential sectors have the potential to continue to provide benefits to Massachusetts, and they remain a cost-effective option for meeting the state's increasing energy demand. The authors show that savings from commercial and industrial energy-efficiency programs have provided a positive return on utility investment, and they demonstrate benefits of energy efficiency for Massachusetts households, particularly for low-income households.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780833031976
  • Publisher: Rand Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Pages: 52
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Figures
Tables
Summary
Acronyms
1 Introduction 1
2 Trends in Massachusetts Energy Intensity, Demand, and Environmental Factors 5
Energy Intensity and Energy Consumption Drivers 5
Energy Demand and Reliability 12
Environmental Factors 13
Conclusions 13
3 Energy Efficiency in the Industrial and Commercial Sectors, Economic Growth, and Environmental Benefits 15
Energy Efficiency and the Massachusetts Economy: 1977-1997 15
The Value of Energy Efficiency Programs to Massachusetts 16
Future Benefits of Energy Efficiency to Massachusetts 18
Environmental Benefits of Reduced Energy Intensity 20
4 Benefits of Energy Efficiency in the Residential Sector 23
Residential Energy Consumption Characteristics 23
Energy Efficiency and Low-Income Households 24
5 Conclusions 32
Appendix 33
Bibliography 47
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