Summer is almost over. The end of hot, humid days is close and we're readying for schools season. However, we want to take a moment for some reflection. NEEP has been fortunate to once again have a terrific group of interns this summer, thanks in part to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Internship Program. The interns have learned a lot about the energy efficiency field in both program and policy, and have made important contributions to our work during their time with our team.
Aside from energy efficiency being the least-cost energy resource, a common argument used to support programs is that they create jobs and keep ratepayer dollars in-state. This argument seems at least intuitively correct, since it takes bodies in the field — or perhaps more appropriately, in attics and basements — to install energy savings measures.
But if energy efficiency creates so many jobs, where is the evidence?
In the Amazing Spiderman, Peter Parker’s uncle, Uncle Ben, leaves him with some words of wisdom that Parker carries with him throughout the Spiderman series: With great power, comes great responsibility. As someone who’s been tracking investment in energy efficiency in our region, a similar thought, which is the title of this post, comes to mind.