Energy Efficiency Instead of a New Natural Gas Pipeline for New England?

In energy circles, it’s been a given for years that New England lacks adequate natural gas pipeline. Calls to build more pipeline heightened after natural gas prices soared in the bitter cold winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14. But a new report sponsored by GDF Suez Energy North America challenges the need for the pipeline, in part because of New … [Read more...]

NEEP Seeks Consultants for Project on EM&V Costs

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is seeking consultants to determine costs of emerging technologies, as part of the Regional Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) Forum. The forum, managed by NEEP, is studying costs for key emerging technologies related to energy efficiency. This project will focus on gathering … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…More Energy Efficient Modems Coming…National Grid Positions for Big Industry Changes…Northeast Energy Efficiency Leaders

Some quick energy efficiency news to start your week... New Internet modems, routers and similar equipment will be more energy efficient under a voluntary agreement struck by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), National Cable & Telecommunications Association and several companies. The agreement, expected to impact 80 million US homes, … [Read more...]

A Changing Landscape: Characterizing Energy Efficiency as a Resource, Not a Cost

NEEP's Brian Buckley details why policymakers should look upon energy efficiency as a resource, not as a cost. NEEP’s 2015 Regional Roundup confirms that we’re seeing a changing landscape in the world of energy efficiency. Make no mistake about it—the ground is shifting nationally and the Northeast-Mid-Atlantic region is not invulnerable to these … [Read more...]

Sweating the Small Stuff: Energy Efficiency Policy and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Energy efficiency policy work doesn’t always make for great conversation at dinner parties. Energy efficiency represents energy and money not wasted, so it’s less tangible than new solar panels or a natural gas well. And much of NEEP’s work is behind the scenes, spread across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in regulatory proceedings that can … [Read more...]

The Monster in My Basement: Tough Lessons in Building Science

By Natalie Hildt Treat, NEEP Senior Manager for Public Policy Outreach When I was a little girl, I was convinced that a monster lived in my basement. I was afraid to go downstairs alone in the morning — this terrifyingly vivid image of the dining room floor opening up, and the Muppets ogre Sweetums climbing out. Decades later as a first-time … [Read more...]