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Energy Efficiency

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. 

Costs Down, Goals up: Massachusetts Aims High with Next 3 Year Energy Efficiency Plan

energy efficiency program administrators, Charlie Baker, peak load management, Judith Judson, demand management, energy efficiency, grid modernization

The joint energy efficiency program administrators (PAs) and the stakeholder Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) have delivered another landmark statewide plan for Massachusetts. The final plan is being sent to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for approval on October 30, passed by the Council with overwhelming support.

Five Reasons Massachusetts is #1 for Energy Efficiency for Fifth Consecutive Year

ACEEE energy efficiency scorecard, distributed energy, efficiency programs, energy efficiency, Massachusetts, peak demand, demand response, peak load, Green Communities Act

Massachusetts, you’ve done it again! Today, the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) announced that it has selected the Bay State as the most energy efficient in the nation – this marks the fifth year Massachusetts has topped the charts for national energy efficiency policy and practice.

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The 3 Forces Bringing Ecommerce into the Energy Efficiency World

Ecommerce, energy efficiency, closed loop marketing, online marketplace, product rebates, ENERGYSTAR, ratepayer programs, energy service providers

We buy clothes, books, and airplane tickets online. We virtually hail taxis, bank, and make international phone calls. We share photos of cats and start viral revolutions with bytes of data. Energy efficiency may be fashionably late to this e-party, but with strong partnerships and a focus on customer convenience, the movement is underway to transform how this least-cost resource is captured online.

So how are shoppers...

Don’t Wait to Innovate: Industry Ramps up Efficiency

Business leaders for energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, corporate citizenship, siemens energy, climate change, energy management, sustainable energy

“We do not have to wait for an international treaty or new regulations to act,” proclaims Joe Kaiser of Siemen’s Energy as he refers to the responsibility on industry’s shoulders to manage energy with an eye to the future. Siemens, an employer to 340,000, is setting a powerful example for businesses, taking control of its energy use through energy efficiency, meticulous energy management practices, and distributed generation. An...

Making Environmental Stewardship a Habit: Teaching by Example

This post was submitted by The Holderness School, a 2015 Business Leader Champion for energy efficiency. It was authored by Hillary Beach, assistant director for communications.

Hab-it (noun)- a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

Spring Intern Bridges the Fields of Engineering and Policy

Somewhere at the intersection of technological innovations, policy debates, and utility regulation lies the subject of energy efficiency.  To help tackle such an interdisciplinary field, NEEP’s policy team was fortunate enough to welcome a fledgling engineer into our midst for an internship during the spring of 2015.

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Going Deeper: Can New York Fulfill its Promise to Reform the Energy Vision?

The energy policy world was abuzz during early 2015 over the potential impact of a landmark proceeding at the New York State Public Service Commission.  Utilities, State Utility Commissions, consumer advocates, and others were awaiting a key order in New York State’s “Reforming the Energy Vision.”  On February 26, 2015, the New York State Public Service Commission delivered their long awaited...