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By Kai Palmer Dunning | Tue, November 24, 2020
The year 2020 has been defined by many things; an unprecedented pandemic, a presidential election, and a national reckoning with social and racial justice. In Massachusetts, while all of that has been going on, a growing coalition of building professionals, municipal staff, and energy advocates has been working tirelessly to push the envelope on zero energy building codes in the state. In May…
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By Arjun Mehra | Tue, November 24, 2020
For newcomers in the HVAC industry, the terms used to describe heating and cooling technologies can feel like a jumble of acronyms, all describing the same principle with slight variations. It wasn’t until I attended NEEP’s ASHP and Market Transformation Workshop during my internship that I gained a deeper understanding of two important acronyms in the industry: air source heat pumps (ASHP) and…
Break through
By Andrew Winslow | Fri, November 20, 2020
Strategic electrification – or the conversion of appliances and heating systems traditionally powered by fossil fuels to efficient electric alternatives – is a key piece in the decarbonization puzzle and is growing in interest among states and municipalities looking to reduce their carbon footprint. What differentiates strategic or beneficial electrification from “electrification” is that it must…
Best in Show
By Cecily McChalicher | Fri, November 20, 2020
Welcome to the latest REED Rendering issue, a series of blogs where we bring your attention to interesting trends that we see in the data and the stories behind those trends. Two years ago, inspired by my family’s Thanksgiving tradition of watching the National Dog Show, NEEP’s REED Rendering #11 crowned the Northeast Region “Best in Show” for energy efficiency. Fortunately, not even a global…
By Bryan Evans | Tue, October 27, 2020
We live in a data-driven society - data is everywhere! You most likely don’t think how much data and information you create; I sure didn’t think about it until now. Even when you’re sitting on your phone all day and watching Netflix on a rainy Sunday, you’re creating data. All the apps you use will analyze your information and create recommendations based on your user preferences and activity.…
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By Guest Contributor | Wed, October 21, 2020
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) produces an annual scorecard ranking 100 major cities across the United States on their clean energy efforts. The cities are scored on their transition and current work towards implementing energy efficiency programs, using renewable energy, and deploying these efforts equitably across all populations. This valuable resource from…
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By Andrew Winslow | Wed, October 21, 2020
The previous two months were a good demonstration of the checks and balances embedded in state governments. There were three cases of back-and-forth vetoes between governors and their state legislatures, resulting in two energy efficiency “wins” and one “loss”. Let’s take a closer look at these cases. In July, the Pennsylvania legislature passed Bill 2025 which placed the…
By Samantha Lor | Fri, October 2, 2020
Evaluation, measurement, and verification, also known as EM&V, has allowed for crucial understanding of energy efficiency programs through data evaluation since the 1970s. A lot has changed in the industry since then, including the emergence of advanced M&V, also known as M&V 2.0. Collaboration as a Means of Progress Over three years ago, CT DEEP assembled an interdisciplinary…
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By Cecily McChalicher | Thu, September 24, 2020
Welcome to the latest REED Rendering issue, a series of blogs where we bring your attention to interesting trends that we see in the data and the stories behind those trends. As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its seventh month, we all continue to feel its impacts in many different aspects of life. I fall into the pool of parents with elementary school-aged children who rallied for a spring…
By Andrew Winslow | Thu, September 24, 2020
September is here and, with it, possibly the strangest first day of school in recent history. Remote learning, work from home schedules, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of unemployed, mean many live, work, and play in a full house and rely on energy to connect to the outside world. Soon, heating systems across the country will be switched on for the winter. Consistent and uninterrupted…

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