June 2013

By Fritzi Pieper | Thu, June 27, 2013
Let us take you on a journey. A journey of commercial lighting developments through time, and into a bright and promising future. Don’t miss the 2013 DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) Stakeholder Meeting in Chicago (July 22-25), where a group of keynote panelists will be presenting exciting developments and prospects in the three main communities which make up DLC stakeholders: utility and energy…
By Josh Craft | Thu, June 27, 2013
“The courage to act before it’s too late.” That’s how President Obama framed his address on Tuesday on climate change. Speaking to students at Georgetown University, the President asked for a new generation’s help to keep “the United States of America a leader in the fight against climate change.” The speech laid out a new climate change action plan that includes placing limits on the carbon…
By Allison Webster | Mon, June 24, 2013
The benefits of building energy rating and disclosure far outweigh the negatives. Any opposition can almost be considered... well, you get the point... It’s amazing how one report, when branded with one of the biggest names in academia (Harvard) and funded by a well-heeled special interest opposition group (the Greater Boston Real Estate Board), can cause so much misinformation to be spread…
By neepenergy | Thu, June 13, 2013
"Safe!" The Uniform Methods Protocol Project rounds the bases. NEEP caught up with Michael Li of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and asked him a few questions about the recently released Energy Efficiency Savings Protocols, part of the Uniform Methods Project or UMP. The voluntary protocols draw from best practices used across the country and are the first national protocols to provide…
By Samantha Bresler | Tue, June 11, 2013
This is your last chance to register for NEEP's BCE workshop at the 2013 Energy Efficiency Summit! Business and Consumer Electronics (BCEs) programs have long been the cause of frustration for efficiency programs.  As described in a recent NEEP blog post, energy consumption per device is low, but the aggregated energy use of electronics is a staggering 15% of the household.  This…
By Josh Craft | Fri, June 7, 2013
The diversion of state RGGI funds has everyone scratching their heads. Some things just make you scratch your head. As Jim’s piece earlier this week illustrated, Connecticut is going to tap funds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to plug holes in the state budget. In the past, New York, New Jersey, and New Hampshire have done the same. The move has provoked strong opposition…
By John Otterbein | Wed, June 5, 2013
The Springfield tornado demolished more than 40 buildings and caused over $100 million in damages. Natural disasters are here to stay and our communities need to be as prepared as possible and ready for any natural upheaval, anywhere, at any time. Preparing for natural disturbances, or even disasters, ahead of time is imperative to minimize potential damage and reduce fatality. The need for…
By Jim OReilly | Tue, June 4, 2013
Haven't we been here before? Connecticut's redirection of Energy Efficiency Funds could potentially halt monetary and energy savings. For the third time in the last decade, legislators in Connecticut have decided to raid the ratepayer-funded clean energy program budgets and divert the monies to the state's general fund to help them close the budget gap. This time, they're taking some $35…

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