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By Aditi Dalal | Thu, June 29, 2023
Implementing retrofits in low-income homes faces numerous issues, one of which is deferred upgrades because of health and safety issues or tube and wiring issues, that can cause program implementers to walk away from a home before a project even begins.   For example, often a resident cannot participate in energy efficiency programs if their house has lead and mold problems or other…
By Aditi Dalal | Wed, April 19, 2023
After a busy winter of collecting, organizing, and analyzing new 2020 data for the Regional Energy Efficiency Database, NEEP is excited to share some new trends and results. This blog highlights how the latest REED data offers insight into regional trends. Expenditures Per Capita In 2020, states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic increased per capita spending for electric programs, while…
By Aditi Dalal | Sun, February 19, 2023
Welcome to the first Regional Energy Data Dive of 2023. We are excited to announce that after spending the fall and winter collecting data for the newest update, we are ready to dig into what the numbers show. For the first time in REED history, we have collected data from Pennsylvania, allowing a more comprehensive view of energy efficiency programs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. While we…
By Aditi Dalal | Mon, November 21, 2022
As temperatures approached record highs this summer, the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA or Act) brought hope for an actionable future. It set the United States on a course to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and represents one of the most significant climate investments ever made by the federal government. From loans to grants to tax credits, the IRA will…
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By Aditi Dalal | Mon, November 21, 2022
With some states seeing the first hint of snow, residents and homeowners are bracing themselves for the seasonal increase of heating fuel and electricity usage during the winter. Northeast consumers use more oil and gas for heat than anywhere else in the country. Over the past five years, residents in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island alone have paid more…
By Aditi Dalal | Thu, September 22, 2022
The landmark Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act (Act), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), aims to modernize and upgrade the national infrastructure by providing investments to tackle the climate crisis. Among other actions, BIL provides $500,000,000 for five years in funding for the State Energy Program (SEP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It updates the…
By Aditi Dalal | Wed, August 24, 2022
After weeks of back-and-forth between the Governor and the legislature, Massachusetts enacted An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind (Act). This act supports Massachusetts’ legally binding goals of achieving a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 1990 by targeting buildings, energy efficiency, and gas reductions, and builds on the 2021 Climate Law, An Act Creating…
By Aditi Dalal | Tue, July 12, 2022
As heat waves scorch the Midwest and Southeast U.S., reminding the nation of an ever-prevailing change in climate, Maryland has set one of the most ambitious climate targets in the U.S. The Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 (“Act”), signed into law by Governor Hogan, requires the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by 2031 from 2006 levels and to achieve net-zero GHG…

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