The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the Northeast’s innovative regional program to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

RGGI has already been a powerful force in cutting air pollution, lowering energy costs and driving the clean energy economy across the regions, and making RGGI stronger by lowering the pollution cap will only make the states stronger.

Explore how RGGI has already benefited your state:

CONNECTICUT

RGGI is helping Connecticut to meet its climate goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 2001 levels by 2050. As of September 2016, Connecticut received $169 million in cumulative proceeds.

RGGI Revenue Investments in Connecticut || Source: rggi.org/rggi_benefits

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

How Does RGGi Use its Proceeds?

Through 2014, Connecticut invested $109 million in RGGI auction proceeds. These proceeds have been invested in numerous energy efficiency programs, including funding home energy audits, discounted lighting products, incentives for homes and businesses and financing options for small businesses.

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

As a result of the success of these programs, Connecticut is ranked 5th in 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard developed by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

 

ECONOMIC VALUE

Proceeds from RGGI have also been dedicated to financing options for renewable and clean energy projects in the state. According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $56.2 million of economic value in Connecticut. 

SUPPORT FOR RGGI

Across the state, there is strong support for clean energy and RGGI. A recent poll by the Sierra Club found 74 percent supporting Connecticut’s participation in RGGI, with 78 percent supporting a change in annual carbon decreases to 5 percent.

DELAWARE

RGGI is proudly helping Delaware to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. As of September 2016, Delaware received $94 million in cumulative proceeds.

RGGI Revenue Investments in Delaware  || Source: rggi.org/rggi_benefits

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

How does rggi use its proceeds?

Through 2014, Delaware invested $27.1 million in RGGI auction proceeds. These proceeds have been invested in the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), a non-profit organization acting as a resource for energy efficiency and clean energy for state residents and businesses.

ECONOMIC VALUE

According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $107.3 million of economic value in Delaware.

DELAWARE CLIMATE GOALS

Delaware has a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent from 2008 levels by 2030. RGGI proceeds have been used to develop and implement climate change policy for Delaware to achieve these targets, as well as develop adaptation strategies, and guidance recommendations related to sea level rise and flooding.

 

LOW INCOME ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

In addition, RGGI funds support the Delaware low-income home weatherization program and low-income heating assistance.

Approximately 15 percent of the state’s RGGI investment thus far have gone to providing assistance to low-income Delawareans.

MAINE

RGGI is helping Maine residents and businesses conserve energy and lower energy bills. As of September 2016, Maine received $81 million in cumulative proceeds.

RGGI Revenue Investments in Maine  || Source: rggi.org/rggi_benefits

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

 

HOW does rggi use its proceeds?

Through 2014, Maine invested $37.1 million in RGGI auction proceeds. Nearly all of that (98 percent) was used for consumer benefits, with the majority (85 percent) for energy efficiency improvements that saves $5 for every $1 invested. 

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

Over the lifetime of the investments, programs funded by RGGI proceeds are conserving over 135,000 MWh of electricity (that’s as much power as 22,000 Maine homes use in a year), and lowering participants’ energy bills by more than $62 million.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS

RGGI provide the majority of funds that Efficiency Maine uses to help Maine homes invest in energy efficiency upgrades that reduce heating oil use and costs. This means helping homeowners invest in insulation, air sealing, high-efficiency heating equipment, heat pumps and more. RGGI-funded Efficiency Maine programs also included a commercial program that helps businesses, schools, hospitals and others lowers heating and electricity costs, as well as a large industrial program that is helping Maine manufacturers and other energy-intensive businesses sustain jobs and stay competitive.

 

ECONOMIC VALUE

According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $122.3 million of economic value in Maine.

MARYLAND

RGGI is helping Maryland to promote affordable, reliable and clean energy across the state. As of September 2016, Maryland received $533 million in cumulative proceeds.

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

 

HOW DOES RGGI USE ITS PROCEEDS?

Through 2014, Maryland invested $320.5 million in RGGI auction proceeds. The state invests its proceeds into the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF), which then funds programs that reduce household bills, create new jobs in growing industry and promote energy independence. 

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

As a result, RGGI proceeds have improved energy efficiency for Maryland residents and businesses, supported renewable energy for households across the state and saved an estimated $457 million in lifetime energy bill savings.

ECONOMIC VALUE

According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $213.8 million of economic value in Maryland.

SUPPORT FOR RGGI

Across the state, there is strong support for clean energy and RGGI. A recent poll by the Sierra Club found 79 percent supporting Maryland’s participation in RGGI, with 81 percent supporting a change in annual carbon decreases to 5 percent.

MASSACHUSETTS

RGGI is helping Massachusetts reach its climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. As of September 2016, Massachusetts received $427 million in cumulative proceeds.

RGGI Revenue Investments in Delaware  || Source: rggi.org/rggi_benefits

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

HOW DOES RGGI USE ITS PROCEEDS?

Through 2014, Massachusetts invested $304.6 million in RGGI auction proceeds. The state has invested these proceeds in programs to reduce harmful pollution, build the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy, and increase the predictability of energy costs for homes and businesses.

ECONOMIC VALUE

According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $243.3 million of economic value in Massachusetts.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS

The energy efficiency programs that investor-owned utilities and energy efficiency providers have delivered to the state’s residences and businesses have generated more than $691 million in lifetime energy bill savings.

 

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

As a result of the success of these programs, Massachusetts tops the nation in 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard developed by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

SUPPORT FOR RGGI

Across the state, there is very strong support for clean energy and RGGI. A recent poll by the Sierra Club found 84 percent supporting Massachusetts’ participation in RGGI, with 81 percent supporting a change in annual carbon decreases to 5 percent.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

RGGI is helping New Hampshire residents and businesses reduce climate change-causing emissions through more energy efficiency measures. As of September 2016, New Hampshire received $112 million in cumulative proceeds.

RGGI Revenue Investments in New Hampshire|| Source: rggi.org/rggi_benefits

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

HOW DOES RGGI USE ITS PROCEEDS?

Through 2014, New Hampshire invested $72.1 million in RGGI auction proceeds. These proceeds have gone to fund efficiency programs administered by the state’s electric utility companies and provide direct bill assistance to state residents.

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

The programs successfully weatherized residential homes, incentivized purchase of high efficiency appliances and lighting and upgraded businesses and municipalities with highly efficient equipment. 

ECONOMIC VALUE

According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $67.3 million of economic value in New Hampshire.

SUPPORT FOR RGGI

Across the state, there is strong support for clean energy and RGGI. A recent poll by the Sierra Club found 68 percent supporting New Hampshire’s participation in RGGI, with 68 percent supporting a change in annual carbon decreases to 5 percent.

NEW YORK

RGGI is supporting New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. As of September 2016, New York received $977 million in cumulative proceeds.

RGGI Revenue Investments in Delaware  || Source: rggi.org/rggi_benefits

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

HOW DOES RGGI USE ItS PROCEEDS?

Through 2014, New York invested $466.1 million in RGGI auction proceeds. Investments of RGGI proceeds in New York are aiding the Empire State’s efforts to drive clean and renewable energy. 

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

The state’s efforts to advance market scale for clean energy will help the state achieve its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change

Further, New York is fostering energy efficiency market developments to scale, providing greater carbon reductions and consumer cost savings.

ECONOMIC VALUE

According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $385.5 million of economic value in New York.

SUPPORT FOR RGGI

Across the state, there is strong support for clean energy and RGGI. A recent poll by the Sierra Club found 76 percent supporting New York’s participation in RGGI, with 79 percent supporting a change in annual carbon decreases to 5 percent.

RHODE ISLAND

RGGI is helping Rhode Island reduce carbon pollution through deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency measures. As of September 2016, Rhode Island received $54 million in cumulative proceeds.

RGGI Revenue Investments in Rhode Island|| Source: rggi.org/rggi_benefits

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

HOW DOES RGGI USE ITs PROCEEDs?

Through 2014, Rhode Island invested $14.5 million in RGGI auction proceeds. These proceeds have been invested in energy efficiency programs across the state. Programs in effect are aimed at delivering energy savings to state and municipal facilities, public and private schools, community buildings, farms as well as residential homes.

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

RGGI proceeds are helping Rhode Island increase clean energy adoption across the state. 

ECONOMIC VALUE

According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $16.6 million of economic value in Rhode Island.

VERMONT

RGGI is helping Vermont save energy and money for commercial, industrial and residential consumers, while helping decrease carbon pollution in the state. As of September 2016, Vermont received $19 million in cumulative proceeds.

RGGI Revenue Investments in Delaware  || Source: rggi.org/rggi_benefits

Public Opinion on Climate Change | Yale Climate Opinion Map: https://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

HOW DOES RGGI USE ITs PROCEEDS?

Through 2014, Vermont invested $14.5 million in RGGI auction proceeds. The majority of these proceeds have been invested in energy efficiency programs manage by Efficiency Vermont. Together with electric efficiency investments, these programs are estimated to avoid the emission of an estimated 138,859 short tons of CO2, and to save participants an estimated $115 million on their energy bills over the lifetime of those investments.

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

Programs funded by RGGI proceeds have helped residential consumers with home efficiency, small businesses with building efficiency and low-income households through community programs. 

As a result of the success of these programs, Vermont ranked 3rd in the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard developed by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

ECONOMIC VALUE

According to a recent report, in the period from 2012-2014 alone, the RGGI program led to $14.8 million of economic value in Vermont.