Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) recently partnered to develop a new energy efficiency certification for industrial refrigeration operators across the Northwest and the US.
Utilities are in a “death spiral,” trapped in a “vicious cycle,” and are exploring “profound transitions” to fight for their continued survival. These are the kinds of headlines that have dominated the discussion of how utilities, facing sagging demand for energy amidst the rise of green-powered, energy-independent customers, are struggling to adapt to a new business paradigm.
Improved energy efficiency could save American consumers approximately $1,000 on their annual energy bill, according to estimates in a new report from the Consumer Federation of America. This is because our appliances, electronics, vehicles, and buildings use far more energy than they need to, which leads to more harmful air pollution and unnecessary expense for consumers.
The City of Chicago recently passed the Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance of the City of Chicago (the “Ordinance”).
Subject to certain exceptions, the Ordinance generally requires owners of buildings of 50,000 gross square feet and larger to track and report energy consumption.
California has long been a leader in efforts to improve building energy efficiency, both at the time of construction and upon a major remodel or equipment replacement. Efforts have included advanced building codes and appliance standards, a wide variety of incentive programs, design and installation training, and public outreach.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), in collaboration with its utility and energy efficiency partners, is helping build market momentum for heat pump water heater technology in the Northwest.