Conservation Services Group has a long tradition of public energy policy activism. Our role as a major player in energy efficient government policy is built on a practice of:
- identifying key legislative and regulatory forums
- commissioning and supporting sound energy efficiency research
- forming alliances with a broad spectrum of stakeholders
The vast majority of CSG participation in public policy has been funded from proceeds of our business activities and services. CSG’s history in Massachusetts has allowed us to assume a leadership role in shaping innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy public policies, which we then bring to other U.S. regions.
Why is Energy Efficient Policy & Research Important?
Policy is what drives large-scale change, and quality research is needed to inform sound public policy. Conservation Services Group is experienced in both the research and the participation in healthy debate that leads to the types of landmark government policy that can make a positive impact on energy usage and the environment.
An early CSG contribution to public policy is an example of these key components working together. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, CSG identified a key venue for driving ratepayer funding of energy efficiency measures. CSG provided seed funding to help commission the groundbreaking study, Power to Spare, which demonstrated the economic and social benefits of investment in energy efficiency measures.
Published in 1987 by Conservation Services Group and the New England Energy Policy Council, this research demonstrated that much of New England’s future electricity needs could be met through energy efficiency. The Conservation Law Foundation intervened in utility proceedings throughout the region to convince regulators to require that utilities invest in end-use efficiency. This led to the formation of a strong coalition of stakeholders to work out the regulatory and implementation details of the Social Benefit Charge (SBC) to provide the necessary incentives for utilities to deliver energy efficiency.
Energy Efficiency Policy Facts & Statistics
Conservation Services Group’s involvement in public policy and research for conservation, energy efficiency programs and clean energy initiatives include:
- Case study: Taking the lead in the National SAVE Energy Coalition the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as “the stimulus”
- Case study: CSG plays instrumental role in making the Forward Capacity Markets (FCMs) available to energy efficiency providers