Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC)

The Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) guides the development and monitors the implementation of Massachusetts’ nation-leading energy efficiency plans.

Pursuant to G.L. c. 25, §22, as set forth in the Green Communities Act, the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (“EEAC”) is charged with reviewing the state’s investor-owned electric and gas utilities' (Program Administrators or "PAs") energy efficiency investment plans and budgets (collectively, the “Three-Year Plan”), which is prepared in coordination with the EEAC. The PAs develop the statewide plan, which includes savings and spending targets, implementation strategies, and descriptions of the various initiatives that serve residents and businesses. Once the EEAC has reviewed and approved the plan, they work with the PAs on implementation.

The EEAC and Three-Year Plan system were set in place by the Green Communities Act (GCA) of 2008. The GCA requires that the state's investor-owned utilities (and the Cape Light Compact) prepare energy efficiency plans that will "provide for the acquisition of all available energy efficiency and demand reduction resources that are cost-effective or less expensive than supply."

The Department of Public Utilities appoints Council members who serve for five-year terms. The Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) chairs the Council, which is supported by DOER staff. Councilors represent a diverse array of important stakeholders, including Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network, and Commonwealth cities and towns.

The Council's approval of the utilities' 2016-2018 Three-Year Plan came after dozens of public meetings and thousands of work hours by Councilors, DOER staff, and energy efficiency program administrators. Once implemented, the Plan is projected to generate  $8 billion in economic benefits from a planned investment of $2.6 billion.

The EEAC website documents the EEAC's meetings and milestones.

NOTICE: The next Three-Year Plan is due to the Department of Public Utilities on October 31, 2018.   On February 28, 2018, the EEAC adopted a  Resolution Concerning Its Priorities for the Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of the 2019‐2021 Three‐Year Energy Efficiency Plan.  In preparation for its review of the draft Three-Year Plan to be submitted by Program Administrators on April 30, 2018, the EEAC is conducting a series of Listening Sessions to gather public input on the content of next Three-Year Plan.   If you would like to offer written public comment as part of the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council’s 2019-2021 Three-Year Plan listening sessions, please email Public comment received during the listening sessions will be available on the EEAC’s website.

EEAC Meeting Schedule

2018 Council & Committee Meetings 

For official notices and other meeting materials, please visit the EEAC website

Date Time Type Topic
January 3, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
January 17, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: Schedule of milestones, potential studies 101
2016-2018: Low-Income sector focus
Business: 2018 Council priorities vote
January 30, 2018 9am-1pm Workshop EEAC 2019-2021 Plan recommendation workshop
February 7, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
February 28, 2018 1pm-3pm EEAC 2019-2021: Workshop recommendations resolution
2016-2018: Quarterly report for Q4 2017
Business: ExCom vacancy vote
February 28, 2018 6pm-8pm Public Comment Listening Session @ Great Hall at Codman Square Health Center, Boston
March 7, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
March 8, 2018

Postponed: new date April 2nd-see below

Public Comment

Listening Session

Fall River

March 14, 2018 Postponed: new date TDB Public Comment Listening Session @ Salem State University, Salem
March 19, 2018 6pm-8pm Public Comment Listening Session @ Mashpee Public Library, Mashpee
March 21, 2018

Postponed: moved to March 29th


EEAC 2019-2021: Consultants' assessment of potential
2016-2018: C&I sector focus
March 22, 2018 4pm-6pm Public Coment Listening Session @Ralph Froio Senior Center, Pittsfield
March 29, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: Consultants' assessment of potential
2016-2018: C&I sector focus
March 29, 2018 6pm-8pm Public Comment Listening Session @ Department of Environmental Protection, Worcester
April 2, 2018 6pm-8pm Public Comment Listening Session@Bristol Community College, Fall River
April 4, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
April 2018 6pm-8pm Public Comment Listening sessions, location TBD: Springfield and Lowell
April 25, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: AESC study review
2016-2018: Residential sector focus
April 30, 2018 TBD Milestone FIRST DRAFT OF 2019-2021 THREE-YEAR PLAN
May 9, 2018 (moved from May 2nd) 9:30am-11:00am ExCom Executive Committee
May 16, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: First 2019-2021 Draft Plan review
2016-2018: Quarterly report for Q1 2018
June 6, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
June 20, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: Draft Plan review
2016-2018: C&I sector focus
July 11, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
July 18, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: EEAC comments on the 2019-2021 Draft Plan
2016-2018: Residential sector focus
August 1, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
August 15, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: Continuing draft Plan review
2016-2018: Active demand management focus, quarterly report for Q2 2018
September 5, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
September 12, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: Final Plan and Term Sheet discussion
October 3, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
October 17, 2018 1pm-4pm Milestone COUNCIL RESOLUTION ON 2019-2021 THREE-YEAR PLAN
November 7, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
November 28, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2016-2018: Quarterly report for Q3 2018
December 5, 2018 2:30pm-4pm ExCom Executive Committee
December 19, 2018 1pm-4pm EEAC 2019-2021: Updates on DPU process re: Plan filing

Previous Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) Meetings

Listening Session Schedule also provided below:

Additional Resources for EEAC Meeting Schedule


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