Each state directs its own strategy for investing RGGI proceeds in programs that benefit consumers and build a clean energy economy. Below are just a few examples of individuals, companies and cities that have benefited from energy efficiency, renewable energy and job training programs funded with RGGI proceeds.
The Vermont Community Energy Mobilization (VCEM) Project, a four-month campaign funded in part by RGGI, is reducing energy costs in Manchester by more than $5,000 per year, based on average Vermont residential electricity rates. Manchester’s efforts brought 34 Efficiency Vermont-trained volunteers into a total of 48 homes in Manchester, Dorset and Peru to identify potential energy-saving retrofits, install energy-efficient products, and educate residents about ways to further reduce energy costs.
Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, a charitable organization which provides education, rehabilitation and residential support services to more than 2,000 individuals per year, is just one of more than 30 organizations realizing energy savings as a result of New Hampshire’s investment of RGGI auction proceeds. Using a $176,531 RGGI grant, the center connected one of its buildings to a state-of-the art central district heating system that uses wood chips harvested locally from New Hampshire forests. As a result of the project, the building now requires the equivalent of 6,000 gallons of heating oil per year, down from 25,000 gallons prior to the retrofit.
The Orange Health Care Center, a 60-bed facility located in Orange was just one of more than 1,300 Connecticut businesses to benefit from the Small Business Energy Advantage Program (SBEA) in 2009. Through SBEA, the Center received a wide variety of energy efficiency measures to reduce energy costs and improve the working environment. When the project was completed and the facility was given a clean bill of health, the Center also received a $12,825 incentive from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and can expect an annual energy savings of 71,414 kWh.
With the help of RGGI auction proceeds, Delaware's Sustainable Energy Utility has issued nearly 16,000 rebates for new, energy-efficient household appliances. Collectively, the rebates will save Delaware residents more than $360,000 and cut over three million pounds of CO2 emissions.
Todd M. Williams of Stratford, Connecticut, was just one of thousands of customers to realize energy savings after receiving a whole-home energy assessment from Connecticut’s Home Energy Solutions (HES) Program. Through the program, which is funded in part by Connecticut’s investment of RGGI proceeds, Mr. Williams received on-the-spot energy efficiency improvements, including basement insulation, low-flow shower heads and compact fluorescent lights. The program’s certified contractors also helped Mr. Williams apply for and secure a $2,100 rebate for large-scale equipment upgrades. “The HES program has really improved the comfort of my home,” he said.
Frank and Lois Bohdal are among more than 820 Marylanders who have received RGGI-funded grants for solar, wind or geothermal energy systems. Bohdal, a computer programmer with the state comptroller's office, has blanketed the south-facing roof of the couple's Millersville rancher with 40 solar panels. They cost a total of $55,000 - but the Maryland Energy Administration helped cover their installation with nearly $14,000 in grants. And the electricity they generate has reduced the couple's power bill by nearly a third.