Regional Technical Support for Communities and States
NEEP is designated by the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs to provide technical support to states and local communities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. As part of our overall engagement with states and communities, NEEP works to disseminate U.S. DOE guidance materials and other resources on best practices in energy efficiency policies and programs.
NEEP regularly directs state and local government officials to U.S. DOE resources that can inform their energy efficiency initiatives. Many of these resources are also featured in our presentations, factsheets and whitepapers, and are linked on our state policy pages and energy efficient building pages, and in the Resources section at the right of this page
SEE Action Network
The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that advances state and local investment in energy efficiency. Topical working groups include stakeholders and experts from across the country representing state and local governments, associations, business leaders, non-government organizations, and others. Several NEEP staff members have served on the SEE Action working groups, representing the interests of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region and helping to both inform and be informed by the SEE Action efforts.
SEE Action’s website features whitepapers, case studies and other materials that can help states design the policy framework and efficiency programs based on national best practices and expert research from the foremost subject authorities in the nation. There is sector-specific guidance for residential, commercial and industrial programs, and pages on regulatory issues, complementary financing, evaluation, measurement and verification, energy data access, and combined heat and power.
State and Local Solution Center
The State and Local Solution Center is intended as a one-stop shop on energy efficiency and renewable energy. It provides community and state policymakers and stakeholders with resources to advance successful, high-impact clean energy policies, programs, and projects. By championing state and local leadership, addressing specific market barriers, and promoting standardized approaches, the Solution Center aims to help states, local governments, and K-12 schools take clean energy to scale in their communities.
The State and Local Solution Center supports the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program, Weatherization Assistance Program, and the Better Buildings Initiative. Guidance materials include:
- Developing and implementing a clean energy plan, and how to pay for it;
- Building energy benchmarking and data issues;
- Energy savings performance contracting; and,
- Outdoor lighting, among others.
NEEP is pleased to help interested parties access and interpret the wealth of helpful resources from the Department of Energy and its partners. If we can be of assistance, please contact Arah Schuur.
SEE Action Report: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers
Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers lays the groundwork for a dialogue to explore regulatory and policy mechanisms for ensuring that efficiency financing initiatives provide value for society and protection for consumers. Through case studies of Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, California, and Maryland, it explores emerging issues that jurisdictions will need to tackle when considering an increased reliance on financing, including:
1. Can financing be placed in a regulatory context that would preserve accountability while providing sufficient flexibility to program administrators and customers?
2. Can the tools that have been used to screen traditional EE programs for cost-effectiveness and assess potential savings and impacts be adapted in ways that make them work for EE financing programs?
Access the report here.