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Energy Efficiency

The Policy Tracker: March 2016

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While some may view it as “the winter that wasn’t,” early 2016 in fact hosted a flurry of energy efficiency program approvals and policy shakeups, both at the state and federal level.

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A Look at the Valuable Investment of Energy Efficiency

This post was written by Liz Gamache, Director of Efficiency Vermont, and was ...

Next-Generation Utility Programs: How M&V 2.0 is Enabling a “Negawatt” Market

This post was written by Ellen Franconi, PhD who is a manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Learning From the Best: New SEE Action Resources Help Tap Potential, Deliver Customer Value

The industrial sector represents more than 40 percent of total energy use in the buildings sector, spending more than $20 billion annually in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region alone. Industrial efficiency programs have some of the lowest cost of saved energy, meeting demand for as little as 3 ¢/kwh. Yet it is estimated that only 46 percent of industrial facilities engage in energy efficiency programs — leaving a...

The Policy Tracker: A final Look for 2015

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With the legislative sessions in most states drawn to a close, but active regulatory dockets with many of our region’s regulatory commissions, NEEP’s December 2015 Policy Tracker provides a succinct overview of what our team considers to be the most important ongoing regulatory news in each jurisdiction.

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Cheaper, More Efficient Way to Keep Beer Cold and Ice Cream Frozen? You Bet.

Commercial refrigeration, appliance standards, energy efficiency retrofits, retrofitting, cold beer, program planning, program administrators, technical reference manual, energy efficiency

Picture this: It's Friday night; you and your closest friends are getting together at your place. As the host, you decide to provide the libations for your event. While picking up that cold six-pack of beer, you notice a sign on the freezer door that explains that the price of your six-pack has been reduced due to the recent implementation of commercial refrigeration retrofits. You think to yourself, “great, cheap beer, but what...

Going Deeper: Why Program Administrators Should Care that Demand Response is before the Supreme Court

Supreme Court, Electric Power Supply Association, demand response, peak demand, energy, energy efficiency, dynamic load management, program administrator, FERC

UPDATE: On January 25, 2016, the Supreme Court voted to reverse and remand the lower court's decision, reaffirming FERC's jurisdiction over compensation levels for demand response in wholesale markets.

Energy Efficiency Policy Tracker - October 2015

Maryland energy administration, energy efficiency, Al Gore, regional greenhouse gas initiative, EPA, national ambient air quality standards, clean power plan

In this edition, we cover three of the most notable policy developments in the region, including a shakeup at the Maryland Energy Administration, recent news from New York, and signals from Massachusetts that energy efficiency will remain a first order resource. We then close with a brief summary of the EPA’s new air quality rule, and why it matters for energy efficiency.