Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB)
What the Energy Efficiency Board is and What It Does:
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board’s primary role is to advise and assist the state’s utility companies in developing and implementing comprehensive and cost-effective energy conservation and market transformation plans to meet Connecticut’s changing and growing energy needs. Created in 1998 by the Connecticut State Legislature as the Energy Conservation Management Board (ECMB), and operating now under a mandate in Public Act 11-80 Section 33, the EEB guides the distribution of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF). Money distributed by the CEEF supports energy efficiency programs and initiatives and is raised through a surcharge on customer electric and gas bills, proceeds of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the ISO-NEW England Forward Capacity Market auctions and other sources.
The EEB is specifically charged with conducting independent comprehensive evaluations of CEEF-funded residential and commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs. Additionally, the EEB offers technical expertise and prepares recommendations as needed to support DEEP in the fulfillment of its statutory mandates and policy objectives. It also provides information and input to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, to help with the fulfillment of the Authority’s regulatory responsibilities. Finally, the EEB assists the executive and legislative branches of state government with the formulation of policies and legislation to advance energy efficiency in Connecticut in all sectors.
The EEB has 9 voting members and 5 non-voting representatives of Connecticut’s electric and gas utility companies. The Chairman of the EEB is by statute the Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Other members represent the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Consumer Council, statewide business, environmental, manufacturing, and retail organizations, a chamber of commerce, and retail customers.
To carry out its responsibilities, the EEB has adopted a Rules and Roadmap, and established standing committees for each of the following areas: Commercial and Industrial programs, Evaluation, Marketing, and Residential Programs. Special committees are convened from time to time to address needs that may arise, such as dispute resolution, rules and roadmap revisions, and the like. Committees are comprised of board members and, as appropriate, representatives of utility companies, contractors and vendors, and other stakeholders. The work of the Board and its committees is assisted by a team of technical consultants who provide expertise in the specific areas for which the EEB has responsibility. The conduct of the business of the EEB is coordinated by the Executive Secretary.
A Note on Navigating the Website:
Regular postings and updates about new reports, studies, special notices, and publications, and other recent news are found in the Announcements section. Documents concerning the ongoing work of the Board and its committees are found in the Board and Committee Activities section.