July 2013

By Kevin Rose | Mon, July 22, 2013
By next year, there could be a substantial increase in building energy efficiency for interested Vermont cities and towns. In June, Vermont passed Act No. 89, which authorizes the adoption of a “stretch energy code” to be used for new residential buildings. The state is also considering adoption of a commercial stretch code and working with Efficiency Vermont and New Buildings Institute to…
By David Lis | Mon, July 22, 2013
Following a long period of frustration for advocates of appliance energy efficiency standards, a series of recent activities at the federal level are cause for cautious optimism. Over the past two years, efficiency advocates became discouraged by the regulatory logjam that had accumulated at the federal regulatory review agency, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  A backlog of…
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By Danielle Wilson | Mon, July 22, 2013
Update: EM&V Forum Cost-Effectiveness Guidance Project   While many states in our region are national leaders in energy efficiency, there is always room for improvement as efficiency policies are increasingly central to state’s overall policy goals. Because cost-effectiveness is the public policy instrument that establishes boundaries for energy efficiency investments, the Regional…
By Fritzi Pieper | Thu, July 11, 2013
The QPL is growing at a blistering pace! LEXINGTON, MA, July 11, 2013 – 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…
By John Otterbein | Wed, July 3, 2013
A towering array of television sets at the ICA in Boston, MA (Barry McGee exhibit) I was recently at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, MA where I was amazed to find a forty foot-tall stack of Tv's showing some of Barry McGee's finest work. This exhibit got me thinking about NEEP's opportunity for our own, virtual TV stack. Grab a bag of popcorn, an overpriced candy bar, and…
By Josh Craft | Tue, July 2, 2013
Josh Craft, Manager of Public Policy Analysis The spring 2013 legislative sessions have once again breezed by! This Policy Tracker focuses on the recent developments in energy efficiency policy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Good News, Bad News for Energy Efficiency Programs in the States Revenue for energy efficiency programs is critical to achieving the energy savings goals…

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