Massachusetts ranks number one for energy efficiency nationwide in the latest survey by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Some other New England states also perform quite well. But the big hole in the bucket is New Hampshire and Maine. In terms of gas and electric utilities, Maine is actually worse than New Hampshire.
These states are not geographically destined to leak energy. Rather, these are program failures in a field where there is decades of experience and best practices are well known.
In this light the pipeline proposals old and new look like plans to expand gas capacity so that NH and ME can keep wasting energy. Memo to policy makers: Before your turn up the heat, close the windows.
Incidentally, because of the way wholesale energy markets work, the inefficiency in these states drives up electric and gas bills across the entire region.