The Rhode Island program offers a new way for utilities to think about distributed energy resources
By Julia Pyper
This spring, National Grid will launch a new online marketplace that allows customers in Rhode Island to shop for solar and receive an incentive for improving energy efficiency at the same time.
SolarWise Rhode Island is part of National Grid’s 2016 Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program, which launched last year. The initiative will help the state meet its goal to increase the amount of electricity generated by customer-owned equipment by 160 megawatts over a five-year period.
“SolarWisRhode Island” will simplify and speed solar energy development
PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 8, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Rhode Island electric customers of National Grid will soon have a convenient online tool to use in researching and purchasing solar energy systems for their homes and businesses. Thanks to action taken by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, National Grid will be the first electric utility company in the country to offer its customers a simplified process to research and purchase photovoltaic equipment and earn bonus solar incentives based on their energy reductions.
February 24, 2016, WORCESTER, Mass., /3BL Media/ – National Grid today announced results from year one of its two-year Smart Energy Solutions (SES) program—the most comprehensive smart grid pilot underway in the Northeast. Findings from approximately 11,000 customers revealed that in 2015 the SES program achieved a 98 percent retention rate, a 72 percent customer satisfaction rate and total customer savings of $1.25 million on their electric bills.
WALTHAM, Mass., February 11, 2016 /3BL Media/ – National Grid issued a statement today responding to the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Clean Power Plan while litigation proceeds. In a 5-4 decision, the court halted enforcement of the plan until after legal challenges are resolved.
Innovation and cost effectiveness to benefit natural gas and electric users
WALTHAM, MASS., February 3, 2016 /3BL Media/ – The recent approval of National Grid’s energy efficiency programs by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities means even more opportunities for the company’s natural gas and electric customers to save money, lower energy use and help improve the environment. The company’s three-year plan is expected to generate $3.6 billion in Massachusetts customer benefits over the lifetime of the efficiency investments.
Customers in National Grid study saved 11.4% more on home cooling when WeatherBug Home capabilities integrated with connected thermostat
GERMANTOWN, MD – January 29, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Consumers who integrated WeatherBug Home’s HVAC control and optimization capabilities with their connected thermostat saved 16.5% electricity when cooling their home as compared to 5.1% HVAC savings from a connected thermostat –-- saving 11.4% more in HVAC energy use -- according to results from a pilot conducted by National Grid. The residential customer pilot commissioned by National Grid, a leading electricity and natural gas company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources, compared HVAC savings
Experienced group submits plans today to CT, MA and RI
WAKEFIELD/WALTHAM, MA, January 28, 2016/ 3BL Media/ – New England’s clean energy future received a big boost today as three experienced organizations filed a proposal to diversify the region’s energy supply, adding clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal, dubbed “The Wind and Hydro Response,” is designed to fit the request by Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts for more clean energy to help fuel the region’s future growth.
$1.1 million energy incentive makes equipment installation a reality
ALBANY, N.Y., January 26, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Although energy efficiency measures are often thought of as a way for residential customers to save on cost, the same principles apply to larger, commercial customers.
On a blustery cold 25-degree day when the need for heat couldn’t be any more apparent, the National Grid Foundation presented a $100,000 donation to the “Keep the Heat On” heating assistance program.
Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence since 2005, the program helps families and individuals pay their heating bills when all other forms of public and private assistance have been exhausted. To date, the fund has helped more than 9,500 Rhode Islanders stay warm during the cold winter months through more than $2 million in donations.