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NEEP’s Market Strategies team develops regional strategies to accelerate energy efficiency

Appliance Standards Project Manager

Market transformation, with respect to energy efficiency in products or buildings, involves continually advancing product baselines as new, more efficient products and technologies become available. The quicker we can advance this cycle, the better.

How do we, as a community of efficiency stakeholders, most effectively influence the shape and pace of this evolution?  Is “market push” — such as regulation with mandatory minimum appliance standards — the best path to accelerated market transformation? Or is “market pull” — meaning more voluntary mechanisms such as efficiency program incentives — more appropriate?  At NEEP, we believe the answer is usually a mixture of several strategies. Transforming markets involves utilizing several of the tools in the toolbox, and each specific technology may call on a different combination of tools.

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NEEP’s Market Strategies team has been working to identify technology areas with significant amounts of potential energy savings through efficiency. Together with our partners in government, efficiency program administrators, peer organizations and other stakeholders, the team is currently working on:

  • Residential Lighting
  • Business and Consumer Electronics (BCE)
  • Emerging Technologies — currently heat pump water heaters (HPWH) and ductless heating and cooling products

For each of these areas, the team is at varying stages of development of Regional Strategy Reports. These reports will ultimately lay out a series of recommended activities that, with coordinated execution, will foster accelerated market transformations. Reports have already been completed for Residential Lighting and Heat Pump Water Heaters, and we have begun work on reports for Business and Consumer Electronics and ductless heating and cooling.

Because the Strategy Reports involve a range of policy and programmatic approaches, a broad group of stakeholders must be involved and engaged. We believe policymakers can and should play an active role in moving products and buildings towards increasingly levels of efficiency. As such, NEEP will place an increased emphasis on engaging state policymakers as we develop and implement regional strategies across the technology areas.  As a community of efficiency stakeholders, we all have a role to play in making that evolution happen as quickly as possible.

In order to keep the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region a leader of energy efficiency, we must work together to effectively influence markets. The Market Strategies team will be, among other outreach activities, delivering a series of webinars this year to communicate the recommended strategy activities to the various efficiency stakeholders including policy makers.

In the following weeks, webinars will be held on Residential Lighting and HPWHs.  Click on the dates to register for these upcoming opportunities to learn more about your potential role.

May 17 - Residential Lighting Strategy Webinar

May 23 – Heat Pump Water Heater Strategy Webinar

June 18 – Business and Consumer Electronics Workshop (in conjunction with NEEP’s Annual Summit)

Please contact Claire Miziolek with questions regarding Lighting or BCE andDave Lis regarding HPWH efforts.

Appliance Standards Project Manager

 

Multifamily Efficiency Leaders Assemble at the ACEEE MT Symposium

The multifamily workshop at the ACEEE Market Transformation Symposium in Washington, D.C., attracted a large crowd of people wanting to join the conversation about innovative policies and programs in the multifamily housing sector. This event represented a prime example that the power of collaboration and conversation hold for the advancement of energy efficiency.

Presentations by Peter Ludwig and Rick Samson depicted the full-circle status of the U.S. multifamily market that uncovered connections between market Maine-Mulitfamilycharacteristics, market barriers and market outlook. Rick and Peter both view multifamily efficiency from different viewpoints but face similar barriers and have the same goal at the end of their tunnels: multifamily energy efficiency market transformation.  Ed Londergan, NEEP’s Multifamily Project Manager, moderated the session and provided his extensive multifamily experiences and leadership to the foundation of the conversation. Continue reading

Powering Up: NEEP Launches Consumer Electronics Strategy

The world of consumer electronics is vast and complex.  There are devices that we think about every day, such as our computers, televisions, or (for some) game consoles.  Then there are the electronics that we tend to forget, such as that cable box that’s always on, or the router providing password-protected wi-fi to our homes 24/7.  Or what about that desktop that’s been gathering dust at your home or office?  When was the last time you checked to make sure that the monitor was actually turned off?

Comparison of Energy Consumption in Homes by End Uses between 1993 and 2009

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Imitating Energy Efficiency Successes, 2013 NEEP Business Leaders

2013 NEEP Summit Student Scholarship PorgramWhat do the manufacturer of the Blackhawk helicopter, a community center and a medical school campus have in common? All of them were honored at the 2012 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit as State Champions of the annual Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency program. Every year, NEEP invites its utility sponsors to nominate business customers throughout the region that show leadership in adopting and implementing efficiency strategies.

Regardless of budgets, business models, market placement, or provided services, energy is needed to power business across all sectors. Whether its lighting controls, combined heat and power systems or supply chain improvements, the high rates of return and significant energy savings are catching the eye of energy managers and CEOs alike. To these businesses the investment they put into efficiency measures means reduced emissions, job creation, increased productivity and for some, the ability to keep business in the U.S. in an increasingly competitive global market. The bottom line is that efficiency makes good business sense and the businesses NEEP highlights are proof of that.

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New kids on the block, younger workforce entering energy efficiency

2013 NEEP Summit Student Scholarship PorgramWith changes to the political, social, and economic undercurrents of our society, the landscape of energy efficiency is constantly shifting. The industry is now largely recognized for its demand-side solution to conserve energy, save natural and financial resources, and build career opportunities. The numbers don’t lie; energy efficiency is by far the most cost-effective energy solution out there and the region’s demand for energy is flattening out as more energy efficiency practices take hold. These positive aspects of energy efficiency have caught the eyes of recent college graduates who see the energy efficiency industry as promising, innovative, and full of opportunity.

Like many of today’s hot industries, energy efficiency companies seek young professionals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. Degrees in engineering, marketing, political science, economics, and public policy, to name a few, are good stepping stones for breaking into the efficiency industry. NEEP, and other organizations like it, have given young professionals the opportunity to branch out and find their passion within energy efficiency. A quick search of current job opportunities reveals positions in research, marketing and product development – the list goes on but it’s clear that there’s something for everyone. Continue reading

NEEP Launches Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED)

 NEEP is pleased to announce the public launch of the Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED), a product of the Regional Evaluation, Measurement & Verification (EM&V) Forum. First previewed and enthusiastically received at the EM&V Forum’s 2012 Annual Public Meeting, REED includes 2011 electric and gas energy efficiency program data for 8 states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Energy efficiency stakeholders across the region can now use the REED data to conduct analyses of efficiency program and policy design, assist with air quality reporting, inform system planning, and compare energy efficiency impacts across states.  NEEP will add 2012 energy efficiency data from the 8 participating states along with Delaware and the District of Columbia in fall 2013. Continue reading

The 2013 NEEP Summit is Set for Launch

2013-Summit-IconThe Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit is rapidly approaching and all of us here at NEEP could not be more excited! The Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit is NEEP’s signature event and gives policy makers, program administrators, members of the business community, and other stakeholders to efficiency an opportunity to come together to discuss challenges and successes facing the full deployment of energy efficiency across the Northeast region.

The Summit is set for the June 18-19th at the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield, MA. These two days will be packed with interactive educational opportunities, profiles of leaders in energy efficiency, efficiency workshops, and will act as a gathering spot for energy efficiency professionals from around the region.

Here is a glance into prior NEEP Northeast Energy Efficiency Summits.

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NEEP’s Retail Products Initiative receives ENERGY STAR’s Partner of the Year Award

  The Northeast Retail Products Initiative, facilitated by NEEP, in conjunction with its sponsoring utility and energy efficiency program administrators, has been awarded the coveted 2013 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence –ENERGY STAR’s highest honor.

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NEEP’s Regional Leadership Group Advances Multi-Family Progress

Energy was high at NEEP’s Multi-Family Regional Leadership Group meeting, held February 27 in the “Civil Action” Court Room at EPA Region One’s Federal McCormack Building and via webinar. Stakeholders from Maine to Pennsylvania to Washington State came together to learn and share knowledge about multi-family energy efficiency opportunities and barriers. Speakers included Efficiency Maine Trust’s Rick Meinking, HR&A Advisor’s Candace Damon, and NYSERDA’s Mike Colgrove. It didn’t end there though.

Break-out sessions on Building Energy Rating, Market Barriers, and Funding and Financing encouraged discussion and brainstorming, which were shared with the rest of the 58 attendees. Dave Carey of Harcourt Brown & Carey Energy & Finance, for example, developed a great visualization that showed us what financing was available and to whom. MIT’s Alex Marks explained the benefits of building energy rating and disclosure, sharing the Peter Drucker quote, “things that are measured, are improved.”

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Lighting Savings Remain Large, Cost Effective and Cost Efficient

RLS Update_coverpageAccording to NEEP’s Northeast Residential Lighting Strategy (RLS) Update, energy savings from efficient lighting continues to be the most cost effective measure for efficiency programs.  In order to expand upon the savings from efficiency programs, ratepayer funded programs require robust support. The RLS update serves as a supplemental document to NEEP’s original 2012 Northeast RLS with current information, and not as a replacement. Continue reading