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Critical Energy Decisions Ahead and the Role of Efficiency

Birud Jhaveri, Deputy Commissioner of Energy Policy & Assurance, Mass. Department of Energy

Birud Jhaveri, Deputy Commissioner of Energy Policy & Assurance, Mass. Department of Energy

This past winter, in my position at DOER, I watched wholesale gas and electricity prices spike to alarming levels. Demand was immense, and we at DOER worked closely with generators to ensure they had enough fuel to keep the lights on. New England faces a real challenge in meeting the continuing growth in peak electricity demand, reducing financial impacts, solving reliability problems and meeting environmental mandates.  The situation is exacerbated as more and more of the Commonwealth’s electric generation comes from natural gas, even while we face increasingly constrained gas supplies in winter.

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More Data, Fewer Problems: REED Releases 2012 Data

NEEP’s Regional Energy Efficiency Database now includes program year 2012 data from nine jurisdictions in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions!

300,000? That's a lot of homes...

300,000? That’s a lot of homes…

The 2012 data reveals the continued strong performance of energy efficiency programs, with two REED states, Massachusetts and Vermont, achieving net annual electric energy savings exceeding 2% of retail electric sales.  While 2% may not seem that impressive at first blush, this level of savings has a significant impact on energy demand, helping to offset load growth.  Surpassing the 2% mark also represents a significant achievement for energy efficiency programs compared to the level of savings in years past.  In total, the nine REED jurisdictions saved over 3,240 GWh through their 2012 energy efficiency programs, equivalent to powering nearly 300,000 homes for one year.

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A Breeze of Innovation, Air Source Heat Pumps Hold Potential

We all know what the outdoors can do to revitalize our health.  We feel more connected, nourished, and energized after we venture out of our homes and take a deep, endless breath of fresh air, soak up vitamins from sunlight, or drop in on the crest of an interminable wave. What if I told you that the same raw nourishment from the outdoors can reduce your heating and cooling bill?

Energy efficient technology helps lay the groundwork for a more symbiotic relationship between the natural world and us.

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December Energy Efficiency Policy Tracker

Christmas fire worksAs 2013 nears its end, important work on energy efficiency policy and programs is still on going. Below are the important proceedings that NEEP is keeping an eye on. And keep an eye out in January for the release of our 2013 Regional Roundup, which will contain our summation of the biggest state policy developments and trends from this past year.

Additionally, we encourage you to attend the Evaluation Measurement and Verification (EM&V) Forum’s Annual Public Meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire next Thursday, December 12. A great opportunity to mingle with decision-makers from our region and participate in discussion about key energy efficiency evaluation topics like cost-effectiveness testing, energy efficiency and air regulations, and net savings! Check out the agenda and register here.

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From Edison to the LED, NEEP’s RLS Has You Covered

thomas_edisonLight is amazing. Not only is the lightbulb the international symbol for ideas and innovation, but lighting is one of humankind’s earliest technologies. From the first fires to candles to oil lamps, when Thomas Edison created the incandescent lightbulb in 1879, it was the best invention since—well, the lightbulb! However, though the bulb itself represented innovation, the incandescent technology used today is largely the same as in Edison’s time—hardly innovative.

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Emergency Preparedness: What’s In Your Kit?

Just how much bread do people eat during a storm?

The NYC subway under water, unprecedented flooding in Colorado, early season blizzards curtailing Halloween trick or treating – over the past few years we’ve all seen these images flash across our screens and many of us have been directly affected by these extreme weather events. In this new weather reality “It won’t happen to me” is no longer an excuse for not taking steps to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

September is National Preparedness Month and as we head into the winter storm season it’s worth it to take the time to build out an emergency plan for you and your family. National surveys show that just 30-35 percent of Americans have an emergency plan in place and supplies on hand to sustain them for 72 hours – some experts estimate that number is far lower. Take some time to come up with a plan. It could make a huge difference when “It won’t happen to me” doesn’t come through. Continue reading

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

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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Standing up for the CFL

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

Northeast Region Innovating to Accelerate Energy Efficiency in 2013

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 NEEP’s second annual Regional Roundup of Energy Efficiency PolicyThe report examines overall policy trends and suggests which states are leading and lagging in capturing cost-effective energy efficiency to help meet energy demand as cleanly and cheaply as possible. Continue reading