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 DOER.ENERGY@state.ma.us. 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 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee
January 17, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC 2019-2021 Schedule of milestones, potential studies 101
January 30, 2018 9:00am-1:00Pm Workshop EEAC 2019-2021 Plan recommendation workshop
February 7, 2018 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee
February 28, 2018 1:00-3:00pm EEAC

2019-2021 Workshop recommendations resolution, 2016-2018 Quarterly report for Q4 2017

Business: ExCom vacancy vote

February 28, 2018 6:00-8:00pm Public Comment Listening Session @Great Hall at Codman Square Health Center, Boston
March 7, 2018 2:30-4:00pm 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 TBD Public Comment Listening Session @ Salem State University, Salem
March 19, 2018 6:00-8:00pm 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 4:00-6:00pm Public Comment Listening Session @Ralph Froio Senior Center, Pittsfield
March 29, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC 2019-2021 Consultants assessment of potential 2016-2018: C&I sector focus
March 29, 2018 6:00-8:00pm Public Comment Listening Session @DEP, Wocester
April 2, 2018 6:00-8:00pm Public Comment Listening Session @ Bristol Comm. College, Fall River
April 4, 2018 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee
April 5, 2018 6:00-8:00pm Public Comment Listening Session @ 1500 Main St., Springfield
April 12, 2018 6:00-8:00pm Public Comment Listening Session @ Lowell Council on Aging, 276 Broadway St., Lowell
April 25, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC

2019-2021 AESC study review

2016-2018 Residential sector focus

May 9, 2018 (moved from May 2nd) 9:30-11:00am ExCom Executive Committee
May 16, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC

2019-2021 First Draft Plan review

2016-2018 Quarterly Report for Q1 2018

June 6, 2018 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee
June 20, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC

2019-2021 Draft Plan Review

2016-2018 C&I Sector Focus

July 11, 2018 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee
July 19, 2018 2:30-4:00pm Extraordinary EEAC Mtg. 2019-2021 Plans
July 31, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC Monthly Meeting
August 15, 2018 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee
August 29, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC Monthly Meeting
Sept. 12, 2018 3:00-4:30pm ExCom Executive Committee
Sept. 27, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC Monthly Meeting
Oct. 17, 2018 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee 
Oct. 24, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC Monthly Meeting
Nov. 7, 2018 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee
Nov. 28, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC 2016-2018 Quarterly Report of Q3 2018
Dec. 5, 2018 2:30-4:00pm ExCom Executive Committee
Dec. 19, 2018 1:00-4:00pm EEAC 2019-2021: Updates on DPU process re: Plan filing 

Previous Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) Meetings

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