Rhode Island’s Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council(EERMC), formed to implement its 2006 least-cost procurement and energy efficiency mandates, has led to a “very rarely antagonistic and often collaborative” relationship between the stakeholder groups and National Grid, said Abigail Anthony, executive director of the Acadia Center.

The energy efficiency law requires them to reach a settlement outside the regulatory process and go to the commission only when there is agreement, Anthony said. “I would speculate the utility finds working with us rather annoying and would rather do their jobs without stakeholder involvement, and I understand that. But we end up with more stable decision making and a better product.”

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