By Erin Cosgrove | Tue, November 23, 2021
Welcome to the newest installment of a new blog series called Turning Policy into Performance. In this series, we'll take a look at how states can implement decarbonization and climate goals with energy efficiency programs. States are establishing ambitious climate goals that rely on a transition of our power grid from fossil fuel-based energy to flexible, renewable clean energy. Embedding new…
By Darren Port | Tue, November 23, 2021
What do codes people talk about at dinner parties? Regional codes trends, of course. Unfortunately, collegial dinner gatherings still seem a ways off; in place of meeting you in the hotel lobby, we have outlined our Top 10 regional codes trends of the year. We initially discussed these trends at our fourth quarter regional codes working group online meeting. Each codes team member shared a trend…
By Gabe Rosenbloom | Tue, November 23, 2021
Over the past 18 months, the federal government has introduced multiple pieces of legislation that have supplied states with money for COVID relief efforts and other resources states have been seeking. Though the initial Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the later Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act provided funding to states, many…
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By Derek Koundakjian | Tue, November 23, 2021
For two days in October, over 350 stakeholders from around the country and Canada gathered to discuss adoption strategies for and non-energy benefits of heat pumps in NEEP’s virtual Heating Electrification Workshop. Like last year’s workshop, the event was virtual due to the lingering effects of the pandemic. This year’s workshop featured a more diverse set of session topics, ranging from equity…
By Erin Cosgrove | Tue, October 26, 2021
Energy efficiency programs have long operated with a goal of lowering energy use in buildings. But with the right policy, energy efficiency programs can go further and lay the foundation for a more equitable, decarbonized economy. Recent legislation in Massachusetts, S9 - An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts (Climate Act), started this transformation. Since the law has been…
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By Erin Cosgrove | Tue, October 26, 2021
Winter in the Northeast leads to cold temperatures and the most energy intensive months of the year, putting a high stress on our grid and our wallets. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By investing in weatherization and energy efficiency appliance upgrades, we can lower the demand on our grid and our energy bills. Weatherization + Energy Efficiency Upgrades = Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofits…
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By Cecily McChalicher | Tue, October 26, 2021
Welcome to the first edition of Regional Energy Data Dives, formerly known as REED Renderings. Regional Energy Data Dives will be a series of blogs taking a wider look at data underlying regional demand-side program trends. After five years and 19 issues of Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED) Renderings, we are fondly waving goodbye to our REED-based blog series and launching a broader…
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By Erin Cosgrove | Wed, September 22, 2021
Welcome to the newest installment of a new blog series called Turning Policy into Performance. In this series, we'll take a look at how states can implement decarbonization and climate goals with energy efficiency programs. History shows that some energy practices can perpetuate inequity and create additional economic hardship for already overburdened communities. Embedding equity metrics in…
By Andrew Winslow | Wed, September 22, 2021
Strategic Energy Management is a holistic approach to managing the energy use in (but not limited to) commercial and industrial (C&I) facilities, some of the hardest to reach building types. This approach emphasizes increased operational efficiency of the building through three main types of non-capital savings as well as support from staff up and down the chain of command. In the Northeast…
By Chase Macpherson | Tue, September 21, 2021
Climate change can feel like a really big, daunting, global problem that is too hard to solve on a small scale, but many towns and communities in the Northeast are doing just that. Almost all of the states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have set goals for reducing their contributions to climate change, and now NEEP has set out to document the towns and cities that have followed suit,…
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