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The RGGI states have individual discretion over how to invest the proceeds resulting from the sale of their share of CO2 allowances (for more information on how allowances are allocated between the states, see the Allowance Allocation page). States can direct the investments according to their own consumers' needs and goals, through a wide variety of different programs.

The full report Investment of RGGI Proceeds Through 2013 contains state-by-state pages describing these programs and their benefits, which are also available via the links at left.

A few highlights include:

  • The Energize Waterbury and Energize Hamden community programs in Connecticut, which reached 4,300 homes and businesses and are projected to save participants 1.76 million KWh of energy and over $579,000 on bills annually.
  • The new Energy Audit for Non-Profits program in Delaware, which has provided discounted energy audits revealing over $11.5 million of potential savings.
  • Efficiency Maine's Retail Lighting Program, which has provided retail consumers with discounts on almost 2 million high-efficiency lightbulbs and more than 20,000 other appliances.
  • Maryland's EmPOWERing Clean Communities program, which has enabled 11,880 low-to-moderate-income families to receive energy efficiency improvements on their homes, providing participants with more than $61 million in lifetime energy savings.
  • Low-income energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts, which have provided improvements to more than 20,000 households and avoided 37,000 short tons of greenhouse gas pollution.
  • Income-eligible weatherization programs in New Hampshire, which helped 444 homes to save more than 150 gallons of heating oil per year.
  • The EmPower New York program, which has eliminated 4.1 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions through more than 100,000 completed projects.
  • Rhode Island's community building efficiency programs, which have provided incentives for energy efficiency upgrades at nonprofits including boys' and girls' clubs and heathcare centers.
  • The Vermont Fuel Efficiency Partnership, which provides incentives and project management support towards energy retrofits at multi-unit affordable housing properties.