July 14, 2016
Connecticut Green Guide

Eversource gets high marks for clean energy deployment

Connecticut's largest investor-owned utility received top scores for clean energy deployment in a ranking of the 30 largest U.S. utilities commissioned by a nonprofit that promotes sustainable practices.

The investor-owned companies ranked by Ceres and Clean Edge Inc. have a combined 119 subsidiaries that accounted for nearly 60 percent of U.S. electricity sales in 2014, the year on which the ranking is based.

The report's authors said the benchmarking shows that nearly all of the best-ranked utilities are located in states with ambitious clean energy policies. Besides Connecticut, that includes California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, Oregon and Minnesota, the authors said.

Eversource ranked first of 30 in two categories, which were ranked as a percentage of total retail sales:

  • Incremental energy efficiency savings: The total combined savings from new participants in existing efficiency programs and all participants in new programs, which helps customers save money and reduces the need for costly new transmission. For Eversource, those savings totaled 1.9 percent of retail sales, the report said. That amounted to 1 million megawatt hours, compared to an average of 646,000 megawatt hours.

  • Life cycle energy efficiency savings: The savings from all energy efficiency programs put in place during the reporting year, including reporting year savings and all future anticipated savings. For Eversource, those savings amounted to 11.1 million megawatt hours, or 20.2 percent of total retail sales. The average among the 30 companies was 6.6 million megawatt hours.

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