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Energy Efficiency Standards
in Climate Change Policy
Presented by:
Isaac Elnecave, Efficiency Standards
Project Manager
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
To the:
Rhode Island Greenhouse
Gas Process
May 30, 2003
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
A regional non-profit organization that coordinates
energy efficiency programs and policies in the
Northeast U.S. with an aim toward reducing the
environmental impacts of energy use.
NEEP works by:
• Coordinating regional ratepayer funded energy efficiency
programs (including Rhode Island’s) for greater market impact
• Enhancing building energy codes
• Promoting policies to increase energy efficiency in homes,
buildings and industry (like efficiency standards)
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All result in avoiding carbon
emissions from energy production
Standards Bill H5325
H5325 would set minimum energy efficiency
standards on ten products:
1. Torchiere Lamps
2. Digital Set-Top Boxes
3. Ceiling Fans
4. Commercial Unit Heaters
5. Exit Signs
6. Traffic Signals
7. Commercial Refrigerator/Freezers
8. Large Packaged Air Conditioners >240,000 Btu/hr
9. Low-Voltage Dry Type Transformers
10. Commercial Clothes Washers
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Criteria
Four criteria for proposing a standard:
1. Large, cost-effective savings identified.
2. Products meeting the standard must already exist in
marketplace. There must be a recognized standard
(such as ENERGY STAR).
3. Testing protocol must exist.
4. Not pre-empted by federal standards.
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Benefits of H5325
REDUCED ENERGY
CONSUMPTION
•By 2010: Rhode Island would reduce annual
energy consumption by 160 gigawatt-hours.
•By 2020: Rhode Island would reduce annual
energy consumption by 240 gigawatt-hours.
Equivalent to the energy needs of 45,000
households.
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Carbon Reduction
H5325 would result in annual
carbon reductions of 34,000
metric tons in Rhode Island by
2020.
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More Benefits
Savings to Consumers and
Businesses
By 2010: Rhode Island Consumers and
Businesses will save $45 Million
By 2020: Total Savings increase to $270
Million
These projections include neither lower maintenance costs or
higher electricity prices. Both are strong possibilities
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H5325 Status
H5325: An Act Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers
• Chief Sponsors: Rep. Art Handy, Rep. Peter Ginaitt,
Chair of Environment Committee
• Introduced: January 30, 2003
• Public Hearing: April 1, 2003, House Corporations
Committee
• Committee Vote: Continued-- Bill Re-referred to House
Environmental and Natural Resources Committee
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Public Hearing
• April 1 - Public Hearing held by House Corporations
Committee
• Supporters included:
* RI PIRG - Kate Strouse-Canada
* NEEP - Isaac Elnecave
* Audubon Society
* Narragansett Electric
* National Consumer Law Center
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Regional Effort
• Northeast Energy Efficiency Standards Project is a
cooperative effort between NEEP, State PIRGS,
Environment-Northeast, National Consumer Law
Center and Natural Resources Defense Council.
• Legislation has been introduced in seven states
(two more on the way)
.• Maryland legislature has already passed a similar
standards bill
• Standards bill being considered by the full House
and Senate in Connecticut. It has passed four
committees, three unanimously. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
State Fiscal Impact
* Fiscal analyses by other states in the
region have indicated either a positive
fiscal impact (i.e., reduced energy costs
for state), no impact or negligible fiscal
impact. There is no fiscal note attached
to this bill.
* Savings from energy efficient
transformers and torchiere lamps will
save the state money.
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What You Can Do
 Call or Send a Letter to Chairperson Ginaitt asking for
a quick and favorable vote on H5325
 Continue to include energy efficiency programs and
policies – especially standards – in climate change
action plans
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Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
Contact:
Isaac Elnecave, [email protected]
Jim O’Reilly, [email protected]
www.neep.org