By Erin Cosgrove | Thu, July 29, 2021
This is the second installment of a new blog series called Turning Policy into Performance. In this series, we'll take a look at how states can implement decarbonization and climate goals with energy efficiency programs .Achieving carbon goals set by states will require action across all industries. For energy efficiency, this requires a paradigm shift in program planning – away from energy…
By Andrew Winslow | Thu, July 29, 2021
It is no secret that the commercial and industrial sectors use a tremendous amount of energy. In 2019, they accounted for seven percent and 23 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions respectively. This high level of energy usage and carbon emissions represents both a challenge and an opportunity for decarbonization. On one hand, these sectors include companies and industries with huge…
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By Bryan Evans | Fri, July 23, 2021
Often time, when a blog or discussion is centered on the word “mortgage,” my brain automatically signs off. Let’s face it, mortgages are complex and boring, which is sometimes a recipe for disaster. It's strange, then, that my latest blog is about mortgages. This is no ordinary mortgage blog, though – it’s a blog about energy mortgages.  Most of you reading this may have already committed…
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By Moses Riley | Wed, June 16, 2021
Get ready – you might never purchase a fuel economy car again. You heard that right; the electric vehicle boom is upon us and here to stay. And I know what you’re thinking: NEEP works on decarbonizing buildings, so why are we talking about transportation? By the end of this blog, the connection will become clear. To begin, I will provide some context on why it is time to focus on electric…
Air conditioners
By Carolyn Goldthwaite | Wed, June 16, 2021
Mittens, where are my mittens - I’m freezing! That might be a familiar refrain during winter months in New England, but this time, it was Memorial Day weekend! I woke up at my parents’ house in New Hampshire to a cool 43 degrees – on May 29! Thankfully, they have air source heat pumps that are keeping the house warm, and I soon forgot about my mittens and focused on a hot cup of tea. Fast…
By Ben Hiller | Tue, June 15, 2021
Refrigerant is the lifeblood of an HVAC system, absorbing and releasing heat to keep our homes and buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This “juice” that runs through the refrigeration cycle comes in many chemical forms, each with particular safety considerations. Throughout history, scientists have chased safer refrigerants. With the invention of modern air conditioning in the…
By Andrew Winslow | Tue, June 15, 2021
It’s amazing to think about where we were this time last year – in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. States were scrambling to protect their citizens and mitigate economic damage. Energy discussions were focused on how to keep the lights on and help low-income customers pay for utilities. As the vaccine roll out accelerates and many begin easing back into “normal” life, climate change is back…
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By Erin Cosgrove | Wed, May 19, 2021
Welcome to the first installment of a new blog series called Turning Policy into Performance. In this series, we'll take a look at how states can implement decarbonization and climate goals with energy efficiency programs. State decarbonization goals look to transform the energy system through lowering emissions, relying on new sources of energy (renewable and distributed), and empowering…
Data avalanche
By Cecily McChalicher | Wed, May 19, 2021
As states continue to adopt and pursue decarbonization goals, access to and analysis of energy data will be critical to help chart our path towards a decarbonized grid. Detailed energy data can provide a better understanding of the value of energy efficiency, demand response, and other distributed resources, and it can help with demand side resource program planning, grid planning, and energy…
By Carolyn Goldthwaite | Wed, May 19, 2021
On Wednesday, May 12, the Montpelier, Vermont City Council voted unanimously to approve a home energy ordinance. The ordinance will require homeowners who are selling their property to disclose, to real estate agents and prospective buyers, their home’s annual energy costs by creating a Vermont Home Energy Profile (VHEP). What is VHEP? The Vermont Home Energy Profile (VHEP) is a free, easy-…

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