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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 09, 2019
Many Better Buildings partners across the country benefit from state and local support to achieve their efficiency goals. Governments, commissions, and businesses offer technical assistance and funding to increase energy efficiency through two primary tools: regulatory policies and financial...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
Determining why a building’s systems aren’t performing as well as expected or finding the financial resources to implement more capital-intensive efficiency projects can be challenging. That’s why we’re highlighting Better Buildings solutions for two important energy efficiency solutions: retro-...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Jun 05, 2018
This blog is part 3 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Apr 04, 2018
Energy service performance contracting (ESPC) is a key financing mechanism for organizations to realize the benefits of energy conservation measures while minimizing the cost burden. ESPCs are a great model for state and local governments because they: Provide upfront financing for energy...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Nov 02, 2017
The state of Connecticut recently announced its first of several planned energy savings performance contracts (ESPC), a retrofit of CT Valley Hospital (CVH). The project, which is expected to achieve $31.9 million in guaranteed energy and maintenance savings over 15 years, will result in a 35...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Nov 02, 2017
Both New York and Rhode Island have enacted legislation prioritizing energy efficiency with measurable success. New York created a framework to set energy reduction targets and track improvements, while Rhode Island established a set of guiding principles to make energy efficiency more cost...
by Brittany Ryan, JDM on Mar 08, 2016
For five years, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) releases its annual Regional Roundup of Energy Efficiency Policy. The Regional Roundup provides an update on state progress in energy efficiency policies and programs in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region, as well as trends and...
by Chris Cloutier and Jen Singer on Nov 06, 2015
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which shows that states participating in the Better Building Challenge are leading the way in energy efficiency. Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, and Rhode...