The 2015 Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Conference was held in Hyannis, MA. NEEP and EPA gave a joint presentation on making the case for energy efficiency improvements in your school. The first part of the presentation was focused on using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to benchmark energy usage in school facilities. The second part was focused on the health attributes of making energy efficiency improvements.
The District of Columbia Public Service Commission issued a June 2015 Order opening a proceeding to investigate Grid Modernization. The Commission has solicited comments on the proceeding's scope from interested stakeholders, due by August 31, 2015.
In May 2015, Connecticut launched the nation's first statewide residential energy labeling program using the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score tool. EnergizeCT’s Home Energy Solutions program will provide the 1-to-10 score and efficiency upgrade recommendations for improving this score to about 13,000 homes each year to help the state meet its goal of weatherizing 80 percent of homes by 2030.
May 28, 2015-EM&V Forum participants from across the region presented on recently completed and upcoming evaluation studies. Highlight activities included: LED market affects study, home energy report pilot, energy efficiency jobs study, behavior retention study, draft EM&V regulations, market baseline assessments for existing buildings and new construction, and other state-wide evaluation practice updates.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), issued an RFP for consultants to prepare a two-part energy storage proposal on May 20, 2015. The first part of the study will be managed by MassCEC and examine the industry-wide energy storage landscape. The second part of the study will be managed by the DOER and examine cost-effective opportunities for a near-term energy storage intiative, with an initial funding level of $10 million.
The Masssachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) will be recieving public comment on the Joint Utilities' 2016-18 Efficiency Program Plans on May 28, 2015 on the second floor of 100 Cambridge Street (Boston, MA) between 1pm and 4pm. A comparison between the plans proposed by the utilities and the framework proposed by the EEAC consultant can be found here.
Within the last week, the Maryland and Delaware Public Service Commissions approved a merger between Pepco and Exelon that is poised to create the largest utility in the country. Merger approval is pending in the District of Columbia.
For more background on the relationship between energy efficiency and utility mergers, see this recent NEEP blog.
The Vermont legislature recently passed landmark legislation to guide the state's path toward a fossil free energy infrastructure. The Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Transformation (RESET) program enacts "Energy Transformation" project requirements for the state's retail electric suppliers.
Examples of energy transformation projects include air source heat pump conversion, biomass heating system installation, transportation demand management, and support for electric vehicles.
Regional EM&V Forum publications posted in November include:
Market Lift Post-EISA Report-The goal of this study was to give program administrators a snapshot of the market, a sense of how quickly and in what ways the market was shifting, and an understanding of the need for continued incentives for efficient A-lamps.
Ductless Heat Pump Meta Study-The goal of this study was to compile and synthesize recently available evaluation studies on DHPs to understand how they are really performing and what energy efficiency programs should know as they design programs to encourage their installation.
Check out the Forum Products page for related resources.
New York has two important proceedings underway that will impact the future of energy efficiency resources in the Empire State. The first, the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding (Case 14-M-0101), may fundamentally alter the existing distribution utilities and how distributed energy resources are valued. In addition, NYSERDA has proposed a new Clean Energy Fund (CEF) (Case 14-M-00549). NYSERDA's draft CEF proposal from this month can be found here.