Progress in NH, landmark energy efficiency plans, and more news from NEEP's Policy Highlights!

NEEP 2013 is off to a roaring start in terms of energy efficiency in the region, with the approval of landmark efficiency programs in five states (Mass., Conn., N.H., Maine and R.I.), a major new report by ISO-New England showing that electricity prices and consumption are falling, The proposal of nine RGGI states to lower the carbon cap by 45 percent, and several exciting pieces of legislation across the region. NEEP is particularly heartened by signs of progress that New Hampshire might make big improvements in how it values efficiency as a resource, legislation in Massachusetts to create the region’s first oilheat efficiency fund, and in Connecticut to create a building asset rating program. Look for our Policy Tracker in a few weeks for much more on key legislative and regulatory developments.With so much going on, it’s timely that the Restructuring Roundtable is hosting a half-day of presentations and dialogue on energy efficiency at their February 15 meeting in Boston, which is open to the public. NEEP’s Executive Director Sue Coakley will join the panel to share regional perspectives, preview a new regional energy efficiency dashboard, and touch on how complementary policies like codes and standards are playing an increasingly important role in states across the Northeast. Continue reading →

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