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Scaling Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency

Extreme weather events, exacerbated by rising temperatures, as well as mounting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have underscored the urgency of the climate challenge and the vital need for energy efficiency. We know that efficiency can halve emissions by 2050 and get the United States halfway to its climate goals. We also know that the actions building owners can take to meet climate commitments are critical to those efforts. But how do we ensure progress? And can we achieve it equitably and quickly?

Historically, energy efficiency has been sold as a vegetable—it is good for you and prudent to save money on your energy bill. But people don’t like vegetables :). The good news is that energy efficiency actually means a healthier, more comfortable quality of life. In other words, to scale, energy efficiency needs to be sold as having your cake (and eating it too).

Regional energy efficiency organizations (REEOs) provide technical assistance to states and municipalities to support efficiency policy development and adoption, along with program design and implementation. There are six (6) REEOs in the US:

  • The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is the source on energy efficiency in the Midwest. MEEA balances the diverse interests of our members and network across public and private sectors, to create a common ground on energy efficiency.  We work with all stakeholders in the region to support energy efficiency from policy adoption through program implementation.
  • The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is a regional nonprofit that promotes the efficient use of energy in homes, buildings, and industries across the Northeast.
  • The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 100 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 12 million energy consumers. NEEA leverages its strong regional partnerships to effect market transformation by accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient products, services, and practices.
  • The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) drives market transformation in the Southeast’s energy efficiency sector through collaborative public policy, thought leadership, programs, and technical advisory services. SEEA promotes energy efficiency as a catalyst for economic growth, workforce development, and energy security across 11 southeastern states. These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  • The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is a public interest organization that advances energy efficiency in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Traditionally this is a high-growth region where energy efficiency efforts were lagging compared to some other regions, air pollution is a growing concern, and coal-fired power plants provide the majority of electricity supply.
  • The South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER), the newest regional energy efficiency organization, aims to accelerate the adoption of advanced building systems and energy-efficient products and services in Texas and Oklahoma. These two states include nearly 30 million people and more than half of the fastest-growing cities in America.  SPEER is a member-based organization with 40 members, including manufacturers, utilities, energy services companies, non-profits, cities, universities, and more.

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