By Emme Luck | Thu, February 24, 2022
As energy efficiency leaders embark on the journey to make more equitable decisions, it is critical to understand the landscape of energy inequities in one's jurisdiction before moving to solutions. This blog will outline NEEP's newest resources – a story map, brief, and glossary – on implementing equitable policies. These resources identify the state of energy inequities in the Northeast and Mid…
By Kai Palmer-Dunning | Thu, February 24, 2022
Building code boards and code officials around the region are tasked with developing and adopting building codes that improve the minimum life-safety standards of buildings. Life safety of buildings refers to the fire, electrical and structural safety of the built environment. As the effects of climate change continue to impact people’s lives, infrastructure, and buildings, building officials  …
By Emme Luck | Thu, February 24, 2022
UPDATE: New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed H.B. 549 on Thursday, February 24. Over the past few months, the state of energy efficiency in New Hampshire has taken some dramatic turns. The state’s energy efficiency programs have historically brought significant energy savings and workforce stimulation, yet after the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) order in November of 2021, their…
By Bryan Evans | Thu, February 24, 2022
Let’s get real, do you think about your water heater or even the cost of keeping water hot? If you are like most homeowners, you’re just happy that the water is hot when you want to take a shower or wash the dishes. However, water heaters deserve a little more thought. They account for the second highest source of energy usage in a home, second only to heating and cooling. For 2021, the U.S.…
By Guest Contributor | Wed, February 23, 2022
This post was submitted by Oracle Utilities, a member of the NEEP Allies Network, and authored by Samantha Caputo, Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development. Now that we have settled into the New Year, it seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on one of the major events that closed 2021 and will influence climate action to come in 2022. Global leaders met in November at the 26th…
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By Lisa Cascio | Mon, January 24, 2022
Back in mid-2020, we found ourselves – like the rest of the country and world – dealing with COVID quarantine, shifting our office space to a virtual platform, and processing the flood of emotions that came in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Eighteen months later, we are in a world forever altered by both COVID and racial, economic, and social injustice demanding not only our attention but our…
By Andrew Winslow | Fri, January 21, 2022
Welcome to the latest 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 a busy fall of data collection and analysis, we’ve added the new round of energy efficiency program data to REED and are happy to share it with the public! REED now…
By Chase Macpherson | Fri, January 21, 2022
I’ll be honest – I didn’t think that home insulation would be a holiday party conversation for me just six months into my being at NEEP, but I was wrong. I was having a group of friends over in December, and when someone mentioned that they recently worked with a home energy auditor for free I immediately said “oh my gosh, through the Mass Save program for renters??” So yes, my party had it all!…
By Erin Cosgrove | Fri, December 17, 2021
This past year, four states in the NEEP region released energy efficiency plans —Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The results ran the gamut, from progressive new approaches in Massachusetts thanks to its Climate Act, to the New Hampshire PUC’s proposal of a new plan to wind down utility energy efficiency programs. Despite this wide range of outcomes, trends emerged as states…
By Anonymous | Fri, December 17, 2021
This blog was co-authored by Andy Winslow, Public Policy Associate, and Bryan Evans, Residential Program Associate. Fifteen years ago, thinking of the future inspired thoughts synonymous with anything from the Jetsons - flying cars, smart technologies throughout the home, and Rosie the robot helping with daily chores. While we may not have cars flying around us (yet), George Jetson’s lifestyle…

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