Originally mandated by the legislature in 1980 in response to federal efforts to ensure consumer protection and energy independence, Residential Conservation Services (RCS) created the framework for residential in-home energy efficiency services around which Massachusetts’ nation-leading programs were built. Currently, the DOER is considering RCS policies to encourage broader reach and better consumer protections.

The DOER held stakeholder meetings in June of 2014 to present the current proposal for RCS policy updates and to solicit feedback. Written responses were due on Friday, July 18th at 5 p.m. DOER considered this feedback in the development of the proposed regulation and has opened a formal regulatory comment period.

DOER has opened the public comment period for proposed updates to regulations governing the Residential Conservation Services (RCS) program (i.e., the residential home assessment program pursuant to the RCS statute, M.G.L. c.164 App.§§2-1 to 2-10. Note that in the 2013-2015 Energy Efficiency Investment Plan, the Mass Save® “Home Energy Services” and “Multi-family Retrofit” initiatives are regulated by the RCS statute and regulations.) The proposed updates to the RCS regulation (225 CMR 4.00) are designed to update and streamline the regulation, better integrate efficiency and renewable energy opportunities, and  provide more consistent, comprehensive services to Massachusetts residents regardless of the fuel being used to heat a building or the number of units in a building. Furthermore, the proposed regulations seek to ensure that insulation contractors provide quality work to customers and have a transparent path into and out of the RCS program.

Additionally, the RCS statute (M.G.L. ch. 164 App. §2-1 through §2-10) requires that the DOER create a State Plan to further implement the RCS program. Currently, the State Plan is set forth in the form of a Guideline that clarifies the RCS regulation. The DOER intends to update this Guideline through a public stakeholder process that will be initiated in the next few weeks. DOER encourages stakeholders to consider the State Plan in their review and development of comments regarding  the proposed RCS regulation.  

Public Hearing:
Monday, January 26th, 2015 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gardener Auditorium, State House, Boston, MA

Please submit written comments via mail to Lyn Huckabee, Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114, or electronically to jerrylyn.huckabee@state.ma.us with subject line “RCS Regulations Comments.”   

Residential Conservation Services statute pdf format of RCS Statute Electronic
(M.G.L. ch. 164 App. §2) 

RCS Regulations (225 CMR 4.00 - existing)

225 CMR 4.00 (clean) pdf format of 225 CMR 4.00 (clean)
(proposed)
225 CMR 4.00 (redline) pdf format of 225 CMR 4.00 (redline)
(proposed) 

Department of Public Utilities RCS Cost Recovery Regulation (220 CMR 7.00)

2003 Guidelines Supporting RCS – Several provisions in the existing Guidelines have been rendered moot by subsequent acts of the Legislature. The DOER provides them here pdf format of 225 CMR 4.00 Guidelines
for reference purposes only.  7/18 Stakeholder Comments on Residential Conservation Services (225 CMR 4.00) Update Proposal zip format of 7/18 Stakeholder Comments on RCS (225 CMR 4.00) Update 
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DOER RCS Policy Update Presentation pdf format of RCS Stakeholder Meeting
– June 2014