Blog

By neepenergy | Tue, January 3, 2012
In early December we wrote this post about two resources for developing the clean energy workforce.  As a new directory for Vermont is launched today, we've updated the post to provide up to date links to these resources. As the economy continues to stumble, more states are accelerating their energy efficiency and clean energy programs to create jobs, save money and save energy. The need for a…
Tags:
By neepenergy | Thu, December 15, 2011
Rocky Mountain Institute The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is a research and consulting non-profit in Colorado exploring the opportunities for increased efficiency with existing and new technologies.  The RMI recently published a report: Turbo Charging Energy Efficiency Programs, calling for utilities to dig deeper and broader for increased efficiency savings. In a blog post today on the RMI…
By neepenergy | Thu, December 15, 2011
For champions of the green schools movement, the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award program –now in its pilot year—is an exciting opportunity to gain national recognition for years of hard work transforming the way we design, build, and operate schools.  Thirty three states, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education have opted into the program and plan…
By neepenergy | Mon, December 5, 2011
Nearly every consumer appliance and electronics program developed in the past two decades has left considerable energy savings on the table.  How do I know?  Because until this year, program administrators lacked tools to help steer consumers from appliances and electronics that were merely more efficient than standard models to those that were at the top of the efficiency peak. Enter TopTen…
Tags:
By neepenergy | Mon, November 28, 2011
NEEP's Public Policy Manager, Natalie Hildt explains the widespread benefits to local communities and businesses from the energy efficiency measures within Massachusetts' Green Communities Act on MassHighTech's Community Voices blog. In her post, "Mass. following steady path to energy efficiency", Natalie points out that energy efficiency investments contribute to jobs growth, reduce overall…
Tags:
By neepenergy | Wed, November 23, 2011
Photo courtesy of LUMEN.org Remember when all it took to buy a bulb was to choose between which wattage you needed (40/60/75/100 Watts)?  This system worked when you had a single technology on the market.  But as Guest Contributor, Penni McLean-Conner from NSTAR mentioned in her blog post on Monday, the new efficiency standards for light bulbs have sparked a flood of new technologies into the…
Tags:
By neepenergy | Mon, November 21, 2011
Penni McLean-Conner, NSTAR Beginning in 2012, new federal standards for energy efficiency will usher in an era of improved lighting options for consumers. If we take time now to familiarize ourselves and our customers with the coming changes, we’ll all be more informed shoppers when the new standards go into effect. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), signed by President George W…
Tags:
By neepenergy | Tue, November 8, 2011
Richard Donnelly, Efficiency Vermont With economic and social challenges ranging from climate commitments to deferred maintenance, how can colleges and universities make the investments necessary to control their costs and reduce carbon emissions? As energy efficiency projects directly compete with limited funds to pay for other expenses, how can colleges and universities capitalize on long-…

Stay informed

Stay up to date with the latest NEEP and industry news, policies, and trends to your inbox every so often.