By Andrew Winslow | Thu, February 25, 2021
2021 is off to the races. Still facing a pandemic, legislative sessions are reopening their doors virtually this year. While states have so far kicked off their legislative sessions on time, they have never done so quite like this. Many, like Connecticut, held chilly swearing in and opening ceremonies outdoors. Maryland began its session without the usual pomp and circumstance, and New Hampshire…
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By Derek Koundakjian | Wed, January 27, 2021
We’ve all been reeling from the effects of COVID-19. Since March of 2020, our personal and professional lives have been altered in ways both big and small. It’s no different within certain sectors of the economy. Nowhere is this more true than the energy efficiency industry. And within the energy efficiency industry, HVAC contractors may be bearing perhaps the greatest brunt of burdens from COVID…
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By Erin Cosgrove | Mon, January 25, 2021
Hello All! This week I joined NEEP as the new Public Policy Manager. I don’t think many people can say they are passionate about energy efficiency, but I am. It started as a passion for regulatory law and environmental justice in law school and has evolved into a career in energy efficiency and finding the path to an equitable, decarbonized grid.  I come to NEEP from the Mid-Atlantic…
By Samantha Lor | Tue, January 19, 2021
My name is Sammi Lor. I am 22 years old and I graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in May of 2020 with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Sustainability. When I became an intern at NEEP in May of 2019, I had no idea I would continue working there for a year and a half, through classes, travelling abroad, university commitments, and all else. But looking back I’m not…
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By Sue Coakley | Tue, December 22, 2020
I recently heard “move electrons instead of molecules” to describe policies to electrify buildings and transportation to displace the use of carbon-intensive fossil fuels. This clever phrase describes a key trend in ACEEE’s recently released 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard – that states working to implement the most aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals in the nation…
By Andrew Winslow | Mon, December 21, 2020
Outside my window in Boston, Massachusetts is a bright winter wonderland. It feels like forever since we’ve seen snow quite like this. Watching the mesmerizing dance of snowflakes and hearing the muffled sounds of wind and diligent snow shovelers offers the perfect time for some introspection about all that has happened this year. What a year it has been! 2020 turned out to be what felt like a…
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By Cecily McChalicher | Thu, December 17, 2020
Happy holidays and cheers to the New Year! 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges. The global pandemic forced people to learn new technological skills to work from home effectively, but also gave families more time to be present with one another and pursue hobbies they’ve never had time to try before. In addition, quarantine reduced pollution levels significantly. During the early…
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By Arjun Mehra | Tue, December 15, 2020
COVID-19 has impacted nearly every industry around the world, so it's no surprise that the energy efficiency industry has been significantly impacted as well. For energy efficiency programs in particular, COVID-19 has created many challenges (and some opportunities), which can be seen in recent changes to the implementation of SEM programs. In recent years, strategic energy management (SEM) has…
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By Guest Contributor | Fri, December 4, 2020
This post was written by Andrew Mondell, PE, CEM, LEED GA, Business Development Manager – New York/Long Island Area, Northeast Region, Trane Commercial HVAC North America, as part of its membership in NEEP®’s Allies Program. In response to climate change, robust efforts to decarbonize — reduce GHG emissions released into the atmosphere to address global warming and meet world climate…
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By kpdunning | Tue, November 24, 2020
The year 2020 has been defined by many things; an unprecedented pandemic, a presidential election, and a national reckoning with social and racial justice. In Massachusetts, while all of that has been going on, a growing coalition of building professionals, municipal staff, and energy advocates has been working tirelessly to push the envelope on zero energy building codes in the state. In May…

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