April 9, 2014
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Releases Updated School Construction and Renovation Criteria: NE-CHPS 3.0 Now Available
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, roughly one in 10 children have asthma and are uniquely vulnerable to air quality issues within their schools. This vulnerability results in approximately 10.5 million missed school days each year. For these individuals, poor indoor air quality in our aging schools is a genuine problem with serious consequences. One way to mitigate these consequences is by building or renovating schools according to standards that emphasize superior indoor air quality, low toxicity building materials, and sustainable construction practices.
On the heels of yesterday’s 12th annual celebration of National Healthy Schools Day, the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance School (NE-CHPS) is releasing an updated version of its criteria to guide construction and renovation of healthier, more productive, less costly schools. Schools designed according to NE-CHPS criteria benefit from a significant reduction in indoor pollutants that affect heath, learning, and behavior.
April 3, 2014
EPA Recognizes Northeast Energy Efficiency Initiative with 2014 Energy Star® Sustained Excellence Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) with a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. NEEP’s recognized project, The Northeast Retail Products Initiative,is made up of utilities and energy efficiency program administrators in New England, New York, and Washington D.C. NEEP and its project partners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.
An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2000, the Northeast Retail Products Initiative will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. During the last 14 years, the Initiative has won 15 awards including six Excellence Awards, one award for Excellence in Product Labeling, and eight Sustained Excellence Awards - the most prestigious.
March 25, 2014
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Issues RFP
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is seeking a contractor or team of contractors to conduct a scope of work which will result in a Long Term Plan for the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) brand. The DLC has been the signature project of NEEP’s commercial lighting program activity since its inception in 1998, with a mission to save energy in the commercial sector through energy efficiency in lighting, while also focusing on quality and performance.
January 29, 2014
Annual Report Finds Region Leads Nation in Eenergy Efficiency Policy
The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are seeing unprecedented savings in electricity and natural gas use, thanks to a combined commitment to invest over $2.5 billion dollars in energy efficiency through 2013, according to a new report released today by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). The third annualRegional Roundup of Energy Efficiency Policy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Statesexamines overall policy trends, provides snapshots on state progress and pitfalls, and gauges states’ progress toward capturing cost-effective energy efficiency as the region’s first-order resource to help meet energy demand as cleanly and cheaply as possible.
“Over the last year, we saw states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic continue making solid advances by putting more of their energy dollars towards cost-effective efficiency as a first order resource,” said Natalie Treat, Policy Outreach Manager at NEEP. “Leading state such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York continued to set the bar higher. These smart states are reaching more customers with innovative, comprehensive efficiency programs — while keeping more energy resources in-state by turning them into good-paying jobs in the clean energy sector, rather than sending them up the chimney.”
January 7, 2014
DesignLights Consortium® Drives Innovation with Updates to SSL Qualified Products List
The Solid-State Lighting (SSL) industry is poised to take a leap forward in energy efficiency and performance as Northeast Energy Efficiency (NEEP) updated the DesignLights Consortium®’s (DLC) SSL Qualified Products List (QPL) at the turn of the year.
Thanks to the 2013 specification revision to the DLC QPL, lighting manufacturers, energy efficiency program administrators, and others in the SSL industry can continue to promote energy efficient lighting technology with the latest most innovative and high-performing products. The newest version of the list had been phased in over the last few months, having allowed products that met the previous requirements to remain on the list until January 1, 2014. At that time, products which did not meet the new requirements were removed from the active QPL and placed on the "Products No Longer Qualified" list.
October 25, 2013
NEEP Honors Claiborne Pell Elementary School and Archie R. Cole Middle School for Green & Healthy Design
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) are honoring two Rhode Island schools that were recently verified as Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE CHPS): Claiborne Pell Elementary School in Newport, and Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich.
The event takes place Friday, November 1, 4-6 PM at the Claiborne Pell Elementary School and is being held in conjunction with the NEEEA Conference and Sustainable Schools Summit.
October 18, 2013
Greening up Public Buildings: NEEP Publishes Regional Operations & Maintenance Guide for Schools and Public Facilities
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has issued a comprehensive guide for anyone involved with the operation and maintenance of public buildings: facility managers, public works directors, maintenance directors and more.
The guide is written in an accessible, jargon-free style, and covers everything from building envelope efficiency to vehicle anti-idling policies, and procurement to water conservation.
October 2, 2013
DESIGNLIGHTS CONSORTIUM® UPGRADES QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST
DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) has announced the addition of five new commercial-sector Solid State Lighting product categories to its Qualified Products List (QPL) and an expansion of the Retrofit Kits policy.The QPL features cutting edge lighting products that meet the DLC’s strict energy efficiency, quality, and performance specifications. Being listed on the QPL allows products to be considered for incentives by energy efficiency programs throughout the US and Canada.
September 10, 2013
NEEP Issues Consumer Electronics Report: Identifies Strategies to Achieve 20% Reduction in Electronics Energy Use by 2020
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has issued a groundbreaking report, “Business & Consumer Electronics: A Strategy for the Northeast.” This report lays out for the first time a unified regional strategy to reduce energy consumption from a notoriously challenging sector, business and consumer electronics (BCE).
August 21, 2013
NEEP Recognizes Boston College as 2013 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has announced that Boston College (BC) has been recognized as a ‘Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency’. Nominated by National Grid, the college is being honored for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in its operations which have resulted in annual energy savings of over two million kWh, and cost savings of over $284,000.
August 20, 2013
NEEP Recognizes Atlas Box & Crating Co. as 2013 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has announced that Atlas Box & Crating Co has been recognized as a ‘Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency’. Nominated by National Grid, the company is being honored for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in its operations which have resulted in annual energy savings of over 1,187,649 kWh, and cost savings of over $124,000.
July 11, 2013
DesignLights Consortium Passes 25K Products Milestone
The international commercial LED lighting qualification program, DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) marked its biggest milestone yet last month when it listed its 25,000th high efficiency lighting product on its Qualified Products List (QPL). The DLC QPL is a leading resource that distinguishes quality, high efficiency LED products for the commercial sector. Today, the QPL sets the bar for efficiency program incentives across the U.S. and into Canada while informing manufacturer product development.
April 23, 2013
NEEP Names 2013 Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency
Organizations cut costs, boost competitiveness, and save region millions through energy efficiency investments
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is pleased to announce 12 regional organizations as this year’s ‘Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency.’ NEEP is recognizing these businesses for their outstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit in Springfield, MA on June 18th and 19th. Together, these organizations have achieved a cumulative annual cost savings of over $3 million by investing in energy efficiency measures.
March 13, 2013
NEEP Teams with DOE to Host Special Northeast / Mid-Atlantic Industrial Energy Efficiency and CHP Regional Dialogue Meeting
The industrial sector accounts for more than 30% of all energy consumed in the United States, and for manufacturers, energy costs always impact overall competitiveness. Investments to reduce energy use through more efficient manufacturing processes and facilities through the expanded use of combined heat and power (CHP) can improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, lower energy costs, free up future capital for businesses to invest, reduce air pollution, and create jobs.
Mar 5, 2013
EPA Recognizes Northeast Energy Efficiency Initiative with 2013 Energy Star® Sustained Excellence Award
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and its Sponsors earn 14TH consecutive award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Northeast Retail Products Initiative a 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. The Initiative, facilitated by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and made up of utilities and energy efficiency program administrators in New England, New York, and Washington D.C., will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2013.
Mar 1, 2013
Leveraging Building Energy Codes to Maximize Energy Savings
New study provides guidance to states exploring options to link utility efficiency programs with energy codes savings
As states increasingly look to utilities to play an active role in supporting building energy codes, a new report from a coalition of energy efficiency advocates, has been issued to provide guidance for how state regulatory commissions and energy offices can best develop and evaluate such efforts.
The report, Attributing Building Energy Code Savings to Energy Efficiency Programs, developed by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) Forum; the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT); and IEE, an institute of the Edison Foundation, provides in-depth guidance on program options, evaluation protocol, and regulatory considerations for efficiency program administrators and policymakers.
Feb 26, 2013
John Puc Joins Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Industry Veteran to Direct NEEP's Regional Energy Efficiency Strategies
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) announced today that John Puc will join the NEEP Senior Management Team as Director of Energy Efficiency Strategies beginning March 11, 2013. John will direct NEEP's regional projects to accelerate market adoption of high efficiency products including consumer and business electronics, emerging technologies, and residential and commercial lighting solutions including the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC).
Apr 19, 2012
10,000 Solid State Lighting Products on Designlights Consortium Qualified Products List
International lighting partnership reaches landmark milestone in record time
LEXINGTON, MA - The international lighting partnership, DesignLights ConsortiumTM has marked its biggest milestone yet listing its 10,000th high efficiency solid state lighting (SSL) product on its Qualified Products List. The list features cutting edge SSL products that meet the DLC's strict energy efficiency, quality, and performance guidelines. Being listed on the Qualified Products List helps an SSL product be considered for incentives by utility efficiency programs in the US and Canada.
Mar 1, 2012
EPA Recognizes NEEP and Regional Energy Efficiency Programs with 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award
The Northeast Retails Products Initiative earns its 13TH award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Northeast Retail Products Initiative a 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. The Initiative, facilitated by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and made up of utilities and energy efficiency program administrators in New England and New York, will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.
Nov 7, 2011
Northeast: A Leader in Energy Efficiency
New Report Shows Region a Leader in Energy Efficiency Policy Details Major Successes and Hurdles in 12 States
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has released its first Regional Roundup, a new report examining overall trends and which states are leading and lagging in capturing cost-effective energy efficiency to help meet energy demand as cleanly and cheaply as possible.
Oct 21, 2011
Mass. Tops Nation in Energy Efficiency Ranking - 6 of 10 Leading States are in Northeast
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) congratulates Massachusetts for climbing to the top of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) 2011 State Efficiency Scorecard. The highly-anticipated report highlights states that are doing the most to harness energy efficiency - the cheapest, cleanest way to meet energy demand.
Massachusetts narrowly outranked California to take this year's top spot, with a host of policies and programs to help customers cut their energy costs. The state's electric and gas utilities are operating under some of the most aggressive savings target in the country, and are in the midst of a three year ramp-up to save 2.4 percent of electricity and 1.15 percent of natural gas sales annually by 2012.
Aug 12, 2011
New EE Tools Help Energy Forecasting, Reduce Grid Strain
As Summer Rolls On, Region Has New Tools to Value Peak-Saving Energy Efficiency, Cut Costs and Emissions
The cheapest, cleanest power is the kind we never have to make. And on hot summer days when peak demand causes spot prices to soar, energy efficiency is quietly saving consumers millions in electricity costs. But understanding how more efficient products like air conditioning and lighting can help control overall and peak demand makes energy forecasting tricky. Energy efficiency program administrators, system planners, air quality planners, and other stakeholders now have access to valuable load shape and cost savings data from three studies recently completed by the Regional Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Forum (EM&V Forum). The EM&V Forum is project of NEEP, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, a regional non-profit that works to harness the power of efficiency in buildings and products.
Jul 31, 2011
DesignLights Consortium Ramps up its SSL Qualified Products List
International Lighting Group Adds New Product Categories, Updates Current Specifications
Lighting manufacturers, energy efficiency program administrators, and others in the Solid State Lighting (SSL) field now have more options for promoting and incentivizing energy efficient lighting technology thanks to a recent revision to the DesignLights Consortium’s SSL Qualified Products List (QPL). The list, which features cutting edge lighting products that can be considered for incentives by utility efficiency programs in the US and Canada, has added eight new product categories, including Horizontal Refrigerated Case Lighting, Retrofit Kits for Outdoor Decorative Luminaires, and Linear Fluorescent Replacement Lamps.
Jun 20, 2011
First Regional Energy-Saving Standards for Furnaces is Boon for Northeast Economy & Communities
Consensus Standards Developed by Advocates and Industry Will Save Consumers Billions
A diverse coalition of consumer, manufacturing, and environmental groups, including Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), praised new energy efficiency standards released last week by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) establishing the first-ever regional standards for oil and gas furnaces and air conditioners, as well as strengthening national standards for heat pumps. The new rules are based on a joint recommendation filed with DOE by the groups in 2009.
Feb 24, 2011
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Join Forces to Accelerate Energy Efficiency
Leaders across the region agree to common reporting guidelines for efficiency savings
Energy utility commissioners and energy efficiency leaders in the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic regions have agreed to implement a common set of statewide guidelines for reporting energy efficiency savings and associated costs, emissions and job impacts. This agreement by the Regional Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification Forum's (EM&V Forum) Steering Committee marks a significant milestone in laying the groundwork for building greater transparency and credibility of energy efficiency as a reliable, plentiful energy resource in the region and further drives the energy efficiency agenda nationally.
Oct 7, 2010
New England Sitting on Billions in Energy Savings
New Report Says 20% Reduction in Electricity Use is Within Reach if States Invest Smartly in Energy Efficiency
New England states have the potential to increase gross state product (GSP) by $54.6 billion and create thousands of jobs in the region by adopting cost-effective energy efficiency policies, according to a new report by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP).
Jul 20, 2010
Massachusetts Recognized for Advancing Building Energy Codes
The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized a team from Massachusetts for its innovative leadership in working together to develop, write and ultimately get adopted the first state-level stretch building energy code in the country.
Jul 9, 2010
NEEP Selected by U.S. Department of Energy to Provide Expertise for Federal Energy Efficiency ARRA Projects
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to assist communities that are conducting energy efficiency programs funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The aim of the program is to address long-term energy policy changes, environmental concerns, and the need to strengthen the economy and create jobs.
May 18, 2010
Northeast Schools Can Save Money and Protect Kids Health with Proper Buildings Maintenance
New Guide Helps School Districts Implement Green, Energy Efficient Strategies
A new guide published by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) can help school districts and other building owners save significant money with little to no capital investments by implementing techniques that keep a building operating at peak performance.
Mar 26, 2010
Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency save the Northeast Millions
Organizations Recognized for Commitment to Achieving Significant Energy Savings
LEXINGTON, MA, March 25, 2010 - Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is recognizing 13 regional organizations as ‘Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency' for their outstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit in Boston, MA on March 31. Together, these organizations have achieved a cumulative annual cost savings of over $4.5 million by investing in energy efficiency measures throughout their organization.
Mar 9, 2010
EPA Recognizes Northeast Retail Products Initiative with the 2010 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award
NEEP project earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Northeast Retail Products Initiative a 2010 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. The Initiative's accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2010.
Feb 10, 2010
Valuing Building Energy Efficiency Through Rating and Disclosure
New report finds policies that disclose a building's energy use can be effective in getting markets to value energy efficiency, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
LEXINGTON, MASS -Northeast states could greatly increase the energy efficiency of homes and buildings through a public policy requiring the rating and disclosure of a building's energy performance, according to a new report commissioned by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP).
Nov 24, 2009
NEEP Launches Northeast CHPS 2.0 Premier High Performance School Protocol Meets Demand for Greening Existing Buildings
More communities throughout the Northeast planning for school modernization projects can now recognize the health, environmental and economic benefits of a high performance school. In addition to new construction projects, the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) now incorporates major renovations to existing buildings into its protocol criteria, Northeast-CHPS 2.0.
Nov 11, 2009
DesignLights Consortium Launches Listing of Qualified Lighting Products
Lighting Manufacturers now have a vital link for promoting their energy efficient technologies to utilities and other efficiency program administrators across the nation thanks to the launch of a new independent listing of qualified solid state lighting (SSL) products.The DesignLightsTM Consortium (DLC) Qualified Products List (www.designlights.org) provides a central place for manufacturers to submit product specifications for energy efficiency program administrators to determine whether an LED fixture qualifies for their incentive programs.
Oct 27, 2009
The Northeast: A Model for Collective Action in Energy Efficiency
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) applauds President Obama's call for Americans to "act collectively" to pilot the global economy as the clean energy leader. Choosing the Northeast to deliver his speech, the President highlights the region's role as a national leader in advancing energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.
Oct 9, 2009
Carolyn Sarno Elected Vice-Chairman of CHPS Board
At the October 7 meeting of the Board of Directors of the national Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), NEEP's Senior Program Manager for High Performance Schools, Carolyn Sarno, was unanimously elected as the group's next Vice-Chairman.
Jul 31, 2009
Energy Efficiency Could Save Americans 1.2 Trillion Dollars
A new report concludes that elevating energy efficiency to a national priority could save American consumers $1.2 trillion by 2020. Through strategic regional coordination facilitated by organizations such as Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), the Northeast region of the U.S. is leading the way in energy efficiency as a cost-effective resource in several ways.
May 1, 2009
Massachusetts Adopts the First Informative Appendix in the Country
May 12, 2009: The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards adopts the first Informative Appendix in the country. The Appendix includes NEEP's stretch code that allows for enhanced energy and carbon savings.
Read analysis about the stretch code from NEEP's Building Energy Codes Project Manager,Isaac Elnecave, in the New York Times, here.