February 2014

By Caitriona Cooke | Thu, February 20, 2014
Caitriona Cooke took some time out of her schedule to extol the benefits of better building design during an era riddled with more extreme weather patterns and to inform us of a great conference, Building Energy 2014, happening right around the corner in Boston. Will you allow me a brief rant, if I share uplifting tales below? Here’s our problem: Mistakes are inevitable . . . but we…
By Cecily McChalicher | Wed, February 19, 2014
NEEP’s Regional Energy Efficiency Database now includes program year 2012 data from nine jurisdictions in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions! 300,000? That's a lot of homes... The 2012 data reveals the continued strong performance of energy efficiency programs, with two REED states, Massachusetts and Vermont, achieving net annual electric energy savings exceeding 2% of retail electric…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Tue, February 18, 2014
Multi-family Housing Residential Multi-family properties represent not only a significant share of the housing stock in NEEP’s region, but a significant opportunity to capture energy efficiency savings through cost-effective retrofit measures. The white paper entitled  “Increasing Energy Efficiency in Small Multifamily Properties in the Northeast: Recommendations for Policy Action”  includes…
By Danielle Wilson | Mon, February 17, 2014
Full house at APM Over 100 evaluators, regulators, program administrators, and other interested stakeholders from across the NEEP region gathered in cozy Portsmouth, New Hampshire on December 12, 2013 for the 5th Regional EM&V Forum Annual Public Meeting (APM). NEEP’s Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (EM&V) Forum team, along with Forum leadership and participants, brought…
By Kevin Rose | Mon, February 17, 2014
Unlike automobiles, appliances, or other consumer devices, buildings constructed today will still have an impact on U.S. energy use 50 to 100 years from now— if not longer. Building energy codes improve the energy efficiency of the built environment by setting minimum efficiency requirements for new and renovated buildings. In addition to lowering energy bills, energy codes reduce the…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Mon, February 17, 2014
Darren Port, Energy Codes Manager  NEEP is pleased to welcome Darren Port, Energy Codes Manager, who joined the staff in January. Prior to joining NEEP, Darren worked as the Green Building Administrator for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards, where he provided technical assistance, analysis and policy recommendations related to green/high…
By David Lis | Mon, February 17, 2014
Hint: efficiency standards! 2014 is shaping up to be an active year at the Department of Energy (DOE) when it comes to federal appliance efficiency standards.  According to their own agenda, DOE plans to conduct rule-making activity to develop new or revise existing efficiency standards for over a dozen products “covered” by the Department. Adding to the urgency at the Department is President…
By Josh Craft | Mon, February 17, 2014
Here’s our brief rundown on key developments in energy efficiency policy from around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states NEEP is keeping tabs on. Data Moment: Electricity Use Decoupling from Economic Growth, BP Finds Source: BP, Annual Energy Outlook for 2035, p. 16 Last month, Brad Plumer of the Washington Post reported that BP found in its Annual Energy Outlook for 2035 that energy…

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