Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

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NEEP Joins DOE Better Buildings Residential Network

NEEP and many of its stakeholder partners part of best practice sharing system

LEXINGTON, MA, July 11, 2016Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has recently become a new member of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Residential Network, which connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices and learn from one another to increase the number of homes that are energy efficient.

The Better Buildings Residential Network expands on the foundation of existing Better Buildings Residential programs and partners, which have invested more than $3 billion from federal funding and local resources to build more energy-efficient communities across the United States. These programs have saved Americans money, created jobs, and lowered greenhouse gas emissions.

NEEP Honors Pioneering Women of Energy Efficiency

NEEP celebrated its 20th anniversary by honoring four women with lifetime achievement awards

LEXINGTON, MA, July 6, 2016Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) recently honored four women for their pioneering leadership in the energy efficiency field. NEEP recognized Gina McCarthy, Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Beth Sachs, and Meredith Hatfield for their life-long contributions to advancing energy efficiency. The women were honored as part of NEEP’s 20th Anniversary Celebration dinner at the 2016 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit held at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire June 13.

“NEEP is proud to recognize these four women whose extraordinary contributions and leadership for energy efficiency have been impactful and inspiring, have generated change, and have sparked opportunity beyond expectations, said NEEP Executive Director Sue Coakley.

These women were honored with Leadership & Achievement awards for their contributions to advancing energy efficiency as outlined below:

NEEP Names 2016 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency

Organizations cut costs, boost competitiveness, and save region millions through energy efficiency investments

LEXINGTON, MA, May 23, 2016Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is pleased to announce six regional organizations as this year’s Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency. NEEP is recognizing these businesses for their outstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency. They will be honored at the 2016 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire June 13-14, 2016. Together, these organizations have achieved a cumulative annual cost savings over $2.4 million by investing in energy efficiency measures.

EPA Recognizes Northeast Energy Efficiency Initiative with 2016 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and its Sponsors earns 17th consecutive award for its sustained leadership to protect the environment

LEXINGTON, MA, March 28, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and 12 of its sponsors with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award recognizing their continued leadership in protecting our environment through outstanding energy efficiency achievements. NEEP’s recognized project, The Northeast Retail Products Initiative, includes utilities and energy efficiency program administrators in New England, New York, and Washington D.C. NEEP and its sponsors will be recognized at the annual ENERGY STAR awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2016.

A Review of Key Trends and New Industry Developments, and Their Implications on Current and Future EM&V Practices

 

Independent reports reach same conclusions on the future of energy efficiency evaluation, measurement, and verification

Lexington, MA, December 16, 2015 - The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) released new reports today that analyze the current and future impacts of information and communications technologies (ICT) on evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) practices. EM&V demonstrates the value of energy efficiency programs by providing accurate, transparent, and consistent assessments of their performance. Both reports provide similar conclusions regarding the potential of advanced data analytics and the availability of data to provide more timely feedback on program results and efficacy, and reduce costs associated with EM&V.

NEEP Names 2015 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency

Organizations cut costs, boost competitiveness, and save region millions through energy efficiency investments

LEXINGTON, MA, June 22, 2015Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is pleased to announce 14 regional organizations as this year’s Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency. NEEP is recognizing these businesses for their outstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency. They will be honored at the NEEP workshops at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire November 12-13, 2015. Together, these organizations have achieved a cumulative annual cost savings over $4 million by investing in energy efficiency measures.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator

NEEP commits to expand energy efficiency in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Lexington, MA Thursday, May 28, 2015 – The Energy Department announced Thursday a Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator, which will convene leaders to expand awareness of and support market adoption and use of home energy ratings and labels. By highlighting the energy efficiency features of homes, such energy ratings and labels support the inclusion of efficiency in assessing the market value of residential properties.  

EPA Recognizes Northeast Energy Efficiency Initiative with 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and its Sponsors earns 16th consecutive award for its sustained leadership to protect the environment

LEXINGTON, MA, April 6, 2015 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and twelve of its sponsors with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award recognizing their continued leadership in protecting our environment through outstanding energy efficiency achievements. NEEP’s recognized project, The Northeast Retail Products Initiative, includes utilities and energy efficiency program administrators in New England, New York, and Washington D.C. NEEP and its sponsors will be recognized at the annual ENERGY STAR awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Hires Christina Halfpenny

Energy Efficiency expert to direct DesignLights® Consortium.

Lexington, MA, February 11, 2015 – Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) announced today that Christina Halfpenny will join the NEEP Senior Management Team as Director of DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) beginning February 23. Halfpenny will direct all aspects of the DLC project, which serves the US and Canada with the mission to support accelerated market adoption of quality, high efficiency commercial sector LED lighting solutions. She will lead DLC’s strategic planning, project services, marketing and brand management, stakeholder engagement, and internal team development.

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Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Can Provide Comment on Regional State Rankings in ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

WHAT: On October 22, 2014, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard that will, for the eighth consecutive year, rank states on their adoption of policies that encourage energy efficiency. This annual benchmark ranks states on their policy and program efforts, and recommends ways that states can improve their energy efficiency performance in various policy areas.

States in NEEP’s service area are ranked as follows: Massachusetts (1), Vermont (3), Rhode Island (3), Connecticut (6), New York (7), Maryland (9), Maine (16), New Jersey (19), Pennsylvania (20), District of Columbia (21), New Hampshire (22), Delaware (25).

The Alliance and NEEP Co-host Energy 2030 on the Road in New York City

Gov. Pataki, Rep. Tonko & Other Endorsers Discuss Necessary Action for Doubling Our Nation's Energy Productivity 

New York City, NY, September 29, 2014 – The Alliance to Save Energy (the Alliance) and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) co-hosted the most recent Energy 2030 On the Road campaign stop in New York City today. The event series has been travelling across the country to engage state and local stakeholders in policy discussions centered on what actions are needed to reach the goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by the year 2030.

For the past few weeks, New York City has been attracting significant attention from the energy world. On September 20, more than 400,000 people attended the People’s Climate March, and just a few days later, world leaders gathered at the UN in New York to discuss strategies for reducing emissions across the globe.

Energy Efficiency Gets a Major Boost in Delaware

NEEP applauds passage of landmark legislation, looks forward to Governor’s signature

Lexington, MA July 2, 2014 – Just hours before the end of the 2014 legislative session, Delaware lawmakers on Tuesday morning passed landmark legislation that will bring the state into parity with other states in the region by allowing its electric and gas utilities to provide energy efficiency programs to their customers and provide a major boost to the state’s efforts to reach its goals under a 2009-mandated Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).

“For the past three years, we’ve been working with allies to help policymakers understand the significant benefits that ramping up energy efficiency can bring to Delaware’s economy and environment, and that for its full potential to be realized, a comprehensive, considered and adequately-funded approach needs to be taken,” noted Natalie Treat, Senior Manager for Public Policy Outreach at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), a non-profit organization designated by the U.S. Department of Energy as the Regional Energy Efficiency Organization (REEO) serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

DesignLights Consortium® SSL Qualified Products List Surpasses 50,000 High Efficiency Lightings Products

With growing product list, DLC remains at forefront of fast-moving industry

Lexington, MA, June 30, 2014 – The DesignLights Consortium®, an international commercial LED lighting qualification program, recently saw its Solid State Lighting (SSL) Qualified Products List (QPL) surpass 50,000 products.The list is a leading resource that distinguishes quality high efficiency LED products in the commercial sector. It sets the bar for efficiency program incentives across the U.S. and Canada while influencing performance and quality in manufacturer product development.

With this increase in qualified products on the DLC QPL, luminaire and component manufacturers, energy efficiency program administrators, and others in the SSL industry continue to improve energy efficient lighting technology with the latest most innovative and high-performing products.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Comments On 111(d)

NEEP Applauds the Obama Administration for its work on regulating CO2 as a pollutant having serious public health, economic, and environmental impacts

Lexington, MA, June 2, 2014 – In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal of a commonsense plan requiring states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) commends the Obama administration for its recognition of the value of energy efficiency as a first-order resource available to states to address the proposed regulations

Carbon pollution from existing power plants is the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and tackling this issue will significantly improve our nation’s climate, economy, and public health. As a leader in energy efficiency, the Northeast is poised to stand as a successful example of how a mass-based emissions reduction approach can dramatically lower carbon emissions from power plants while also providing jobs and growing economies.

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Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Among Energy Efficiency Organizations That Can Comment on Upcoming EPA Proposed Power Plant Regulations

WHAT: On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to release a proposal that will contain a suite of options available to states to meet federal requirements to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from existing power plants. Energy efficiency provisions may be among the options. This proposal originated from President Obama’s request of the EPA, on June 25, 2013, to regulate carbon pollution from existing power plants.

2014 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit Hits Newport

One of region’s premier energy efficiency events features new Power Talks on scaling up efficiency in a low-carbon future

Lexington, MA, May 30, 2014Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) will host its annual Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit in Newport, RI on June 2-3, 2014. This year’s event, titled “The Low-Carbon Future: Scaling Up Energy Efficiency in a Brave, New, Dynamic World” will be at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island and will bring together some of the industry’s brightest minds who are working on paving the way to a low-carbon future using energy efficiency.

NEEP Names 2014 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency

Organizations cut costs, boost competitiveness, and save region millions through energy efficiency investments

Lexington, MA, May 5, 2014Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is pleased to announce 14 regional organizations as this year’s ‘Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency.’ NEEP is recognizing these businesses for their outstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency. They will be honored at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit in Newport, RI on June 2-3, 2014. Together, these organizations have achieved a cumulative annual cost savings of nearly $6 million by investing in energy efficiency measures.

The Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency recognition program highlights the accomplishments of organizations that are participating in energy efficiency programs across the region. This year's honorees, made up of manufacturers, hotels, hospitals, research institutions, and other regional and global businesses, were selected based on their success to:

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Releases Updated School Construction and Renovation Criteria: NE-CHPS 3.0 Now Available

Lexington, MA, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, roughly one in 10 children have asthma and are uniquely vulnerable to air quality issues within their schools. This vulnerability results in approximately 10.5 million missed school days each year. For these individuals, poor indoor air quality in our aging schools is a genuine problem with serious consequences. One way to mitigate these consequences is by building or renovating schools according to standards that emphasize superior indoor air quality, low toxicity building materials, and sustainable construction practices.  

On the heels of yesterday’s 12th annual celebration of National Healthy Schools Day, the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance School (NE-CHPS) is releasing an updated version of its criteria to guide construction and renovation of healthier, more productive, less costly schools. Schools designed according to NE-CHPS criteria benefit from a significant reduction in indoor pollutants that affect heath, learning, and behavior.

EPA Recognizes Northeast Energy Efficiency Initiative with 2014 Energy Star® Sustained Excellence Award

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and its Sponsors earn 15TH consecutive award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

Lexington, MA, April 3, 2014 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) with a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. NEEP’s recognized project, The Northeast Retail Products Initiative,is made up of utilities and energy efficiency program administrators in New England, New York, and Washington D.C. NEEP and its project partners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Issues RFP

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Issues RFP for DesignLights® Consortium commercial lighting project

Lexington, MA, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is seeking a contractor or team of contractors to conduct a scope of work which will result in a Long Term Plan for the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) brand. The DLC has been the signature project of NEEP’s commercial lighting program activity since its inception in 1998, with a mission to save energy in the commercial sector through energy efficiency in lighting, while also focusing on quality and performance.

Purpose and Objectives of the Plan

The Purpose and Objectives of the DLC Long Term Plan development include:

Annual Report Finds Region Leads Nation in Energy Efficiency Policy

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states show strong commitment to accelerating energy efficiency

Lexington, MA, January 29, 2014 –The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are seeing unprecedented savings in electricity and natural gas use, thanks to a combined commitment to invest over $2.5 billion dollars in energy efficiency through 2013, according to a new report released today by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). The third annual Regional Roundup of Energy Efficiency Policy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States examines overall policy trends, provides snapshots on state progress and pitfalls, and gauges states’ progress toward capturing cost-effective energy efficiency as the region’s first-order resource to help meet energy demand as cleanly and cheaply as possible.

DesignLights Consortium® Drives Innovation with Updates to SSL Qualified Products List

Lexington, MA, January 7, 2014 – The Solid-State Lighting (SSL) industry is poised to take a leap forward in energy efficiency and performance as Northeast Energy Efficiency (NEEP) updated the DesignLights Consortium®’s (DLC) SSL Qualified Products List (QPL) at the turn of the year.

Thanks to the 2013 specification revision to the DLC QPL, lighting manufacturers, energy efficiency program administrators, and others in the SSL industry can continue to promote energy efficient lighting technology with the latest most innovative and high-performing products. The newest version of the list had been phased in over the last few months, having allowed products that met the previous requirements to remain on the list until January 1, 2014. At that time, products which did not meet the new requirements were removed from the active QPL and placed on the "Products No Longer Qualified" list.

NEEP Honors Claiborne Pell Elementary School and Archie R. Cole Middle School for Green & Healthy Design

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) are honoring two Rhode Island schools that were recently verified as Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE CHPS): Claiborne Pell Elementary School in Newport, and Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich.

The event takes place Friday, November 1, 4-6 PM at the Claiborne Pell Elementary School and is being held in conjunction with the NEEEA Conference and Sustainable Schools Summit.

To be a NE-CHPS school means that all work done in schools complies with the highest standards for healthy and sustainable design and construction practices.

The Claiborne Pell Elementary School has more efficient faucets inside and rainwater harvesting outside which has reduced water usage 42%; building materials that are 14% recycled content and 52% locally produced; and has incorporated the green building approach as a learning tool in the curriculum.

Greening up Public Buildings: NEEP Publishes Regional Operations & Maintenance Guide for Schools and Public Facilities

Lexington, MA October 18, 2013 - Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has issued a comprehensive guide for anyone involved with the operation and maintenance of public buildings: facility managers, public works directors, maintenance directors and more.

The guide is written in an accessible, jargon-free style, and covers everything from building envelope efficiency to vehicle anti-idling policies, and procurement to water conservation.

“NEEP recognized that facility managers are looking for clear, comprehensive, actionable recommendations for reducing energy usage and improving the workplace environment, soup to nuts,” said Jim O’Reilly, NEEP’s Director of Public Policy. “We have designed this guide with them in mind.”

DesignLights Consortium® Upgrades Qualified Products List

Lexington, MA, October 2, 2013 – DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) has announced the addition of five new commercial-sector Solid State Lighting product categories to its Qualified Products List (QPL) and an expansion of the Retrofit Kits policy.

The QPL features cutting edge lighting products that meet the DLC’s strict energy efficiency, quality, and performance specifications. Being listed on the QPL allows products to be considered for incentives by energy efficiency programs throughout the US and Canada.

New categories include linear indoor ambient lighting -- including suspended-mounted linear commercial lighting and surface-mounted industrial strip lights -- and two foot linear replacement lamps. The expansion of the retrofit kit policy includes new styles of reference luminaires, including lantern- and teardrop-style decorative outdoor luminaires, larger shoebox and round-area luminaires, and expanded styles of fixtures for fuel pump canopies.