Jon Linn (Left), John Hargrove (Right)
We here at NEEP are ecstatic to be recognized by Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Program Design Implementation for our DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) project. AESP, is a national organization dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, and has been a leader in collaborating with partners in the energy industry to recognize energy efficiency programs that truly transform the market. NEEP’s Jon Linn, Commercial Programs Manager, was at AESP’s annual conference to accept the award. Continue reading
The saying, “you only have one chance to make a first impression” has never been so true than for the CFL. When the highly efficient light bulb was first introduced into the market two decades ago, even the most die-hard energy efficiency experts would agree the technology was probably not ready for prime time. The light output was low and the bulbs took a long time to “warm up”. Those first versions of CFL bulbs left the market frustrated. Since then, through many upgrades to the CFL bulb, the market still holds a grudge. Many are not willing to admit that the CFL of today is a completely new generation of technology that far surpasses the bulb of yesteryear. Continue reading
Dr. James Brodrick, lighting program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies
As the DesignLights ™ Consortium (DLC) gears up for the 2012 Stakeholder Meeting October 28-31 in Atlanta, GA, we had a chance to sit down with the meeting keynote speaker, Dr. James Brodrick, lighting program manager
for the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies
Program, to talk about his perspective of the future of the LED lighting market. Drawing on extensive technical and market knowledge, Dr. Brodrick has designed a comprehensive DOE strategy to move SSL from lab to market. During this interview, Dr. Brodrick spoke to the value of the DOE and the DLC in advancing quality, performance, and energy efficiency in LED lighting. Continue reading
The DesignLights™ Consortium (DLC), a project managed by NEEP, announced this week the addition of eleven new commercial SSL luminaire categories to its Qualified Products List (QPL). The QPL now lists products in thirty categories. New featured categories include Flood and Spot Lighting, Stairwell and Passageway Lighting, as well as eight retrofit kit categories. The new DLC Category Specifications take effect immediately. Continue reading
Residential lighting efficiency programs don’t come as cheap as they used to. Due to increasing product costs and federal Energy Information and Security Act (EISA) standards that raise minimum efficiency requirements and lower the incremental savings of high efficiency lighting products, lighting programs need bigger budgets to gain smaller but still significant energy savings. At the same time, programs are increasingly being asked to achieve long-term market transformation simultaneously with short-term aggressive resource acquisition goals. Continue reading
In a recent blog post, Penni McLean-Conner of NSTAR, highlighted the tremendous innovation spurred on by the new EISA standards enacted on January 1. The standards have truly brought about the biggest evolution in the lighting industry since Edison was around. Some of this change has not been so welcomed. In her post Conner explains,
“Another important change brought about by the EISA will be a focus on comparing bulbs based on light output, or lumens, rather than relying solely on the traditional comparison of electricity use measured in watts. That straight-forward measurement is an apples-to-apples comparison consumers will warm up to over time.”
See WGBH’s report on the home energy assessment here.
It’s not always easy to take advice from your kid. And when it comes to energy efficiency, I’ve got plenty to offer. After many visits to my father’s 19th century house when I’d grouse about the drafts and bee-line for the wood stove, I finally hatched a plan to help my dad David Hildt and his wife Kate Broughton figure out how to make their home more efficient.
The goal: get a Mass Save Home Energy Assessment, and then actually figure out how to put recommendations to action while taking advantage of incentives, tax credits and loans. To up the ante, why not turn the media spotlight on things? I figured it would help educate others while encouraging follow-through. This is the first of periodic installments on their journey. Continue reading
Which Bulb Should I Use?!
2012 is almost upon us and in preparation for the upcoming change in lighting standards the LUMEN (Lighting Understanding For a More Efficient Nation) Coalition gave media an opportunity to see a variety of energy-efficient lighting choices in action in a real home while also rolling out LUMENnow.org. The LUMEN Coalition is an ad hoc consortium of organizations and professionals united to facilitate consumer educated energy-efficient lighting decisions. As a member of the coalition, NEEP has worked with other stakeholders to develop resources that support consumer awareness regarding upcoming federal lighting standards mandated by EISA. LUMENnow.org is a one-stop shop for consumers where they can find information on the myriad lighting choices available, get guidance on just which bulb to choose and figure out the difference between watts and lumens. Check it out today!
Student Recycling Station at the Manchester Essex School
Students and teachers hit the ground running in September, sometimes without noticing all of the improvements made to the school building over the summer months by facilities staff. This fall, many schools will have new lights, new boilers, new or cleaner ventilation systems, maybe even a more comprehensive recycling program in place. Not only should students and teachers be made aware of these improvements, but they can take an active role in sustaining healthy energy efficient schools. Getting students and teachers involved in the operations of the school helps save money in tough economic times, but it also teaches kids lifelong lessons about energy and climate science. Continue reading
While Northeast efficiency programs have been continuously achieving robust energy savings goals, the landscape around them continues to change. When various incentive programs began in lighting, it was very easy to make significant efficiency gains. That’s because a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL or spiral bulb) uses 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb. Clearly, efficient lighting for residential homes was the low hanging fruit that provided quick and cost effective savings for utilities and other efficiency programs.
Today there still exists a great deal of savings through residential lighting, though the challenges are greater than at its inception. Because of limiting constraints like free ridership (meaning a consumer would have purchased this efficient bulb without program’s incentive dollars that lower the price and reduce the cost barrier), it has been harder to count the savings achieved through programs. Responding to this and a host of other issues, NEEP launched the “Northeast Residential Lighting Strategy (RLS)” project to address many of the challenges in attaining the remaining significant lighting savings still available in homes through 2020.
NEEP is working with Energy Futures Group to research and produce the RLS which will be a guiding document or roadmap that illustrates both lighting barriers and solutions. We convened a high level advisory panel comprised of industry experts to weigh in on the document’s development, ensuring that the needs of myriad stakeholders involved in bringing the highest energy efficiency lighting solutions to homes would be addressed. 2011’s Residential Lighting Workshop in Warwick, RI informed attendees of the current situation analysis and gave them the opportunity to ask questions of panelists, work in small groups, and offer feedback on the RLS.
Stay tuned for the final RLS due out in September 2011. This comprehensive document will highlight the value of collaboration amongst stakeholders in order to achieve these essential efficiency gains by outlining both short and long term actions, along with associated milestones through 2020. And since there are always changes that cannot be predicted, this will be a living document that will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis as the residential lighting market continues to evolve. To be sure, consumers will have to learn new ways to think about and buy lighting. But the good news is they now have many MORE options of high quality efficient and SUPER efficient lighting products for all their lighting needs!