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Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Andy Holzhauser of Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance discusses the importance of making early investments in infrastructure (i.e., staff and technology).

Author: Megan Billingsley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation provides lessons to ensure effective incentive structures.

Author: Mary Templeton, BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation on how Michigan Saves realigned its incentives to encourage more projects with significant energy savings potential.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on best practices, entry points, strategies and challenges of program integration and participation in utility planning efforts.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2012

Efficiency Maine created a code of conduct for contractors to follow when working in homes. The code is available for download on the Efficiency Maine website, and dictates guidelines for respecting homeowners' property and communicating with the homeowner about appropriate information. Users on the Efficiency Maine website can search a list of vendors that have agreed to follow the code.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This video explains how Efficiency Maine helped contractors gain sales and business skills through training, which helped the program improve assessment-to-upgrade conversion rates and homeowner satisfaction.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Andy Holzhauser of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance discusses the importance of programs empowering contractors to sell upgrades and loans.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Tom Bregman of Energize New York, Energy Smart discusses how to overcoming Difficulties Collecting Non-Utility Fuel Data (e.g., fuel oil, propane).

Author: Energize Phoenix
Publication Date: 2012

This report provides results, lessons learned and recommendations for driving energy efficiency in existing building on an urban scale based on the second year of the Energize Phoenix energy efficiency program.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2012

This report provides information on how access to energy use data can help local governments create policies for benchmarking and disclosing building energy performance for public and private sector buildings.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2012

This report provides information on how supporting access to building benchmarking data can help utilities increase efficiency and drive down energy demand.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2012

This report provides information on how energy use data access can help state governments lead by example through benchmarking and disclosing results and implement benchmarking policies for the private sector.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

Case study highlighting the home performance lending program spearheaded by local utility JEA and JaxMetro Credit Union in Jacksonville, Florida. This program is one of the most successful in the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance's Community Consortium.

Author: The Energy Foundation
Publication Date: 2012

Reviews and summarize energy efficiency financing models and strategies. Models are analyzed according to funding sources, program structures, limits to scale, repayment vehicles, and project risks. Strategies consider applicable building sectors, models, levels of establishment, growth potential, advantages, and disadvantages.

Author: Fannie Mae
Publication Date: 2012

This paper examines the energy efficiency of multifamily rentals in comparison to other housing types and its relationship to household income. It analyzes 2005 and just‐released 2009 data from the U.S. Residential Energy Consumption Survey and finds that multifamily rentals were significantly less energy efficient than other types of housing, both nationwide and in every region of the country.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2012

This report illustrates concrete ways in which energy efficiency has, in recent years, stimulated the creation of direct, indirect, and induced jobs. This report provides examples of job creation that have resulted from energy efficiency by profiling programs, policies, investments, partnerships, and business models that have catalyzed regional increases in employment.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2012

This guide provides an introduction to the key issues, practices, and steps for calculating energy savings, avoided emissions, and other non-energy impacts associated with energy efficiency programs.

Author: Nancy L. Hohns, EnergyWorks
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation describes the brand, messaging strategy, and campaign tactics used by Philadelphia EnergyWorks to reach its target audience.

Author: Peter Ludwig, CNT Energy
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation that provides an overview of the Energy Savers Program (Illinois), including services, benefits, and success stories.

Author: Institute for Market Transformation
Publication Date: 2012

This report is intended to serve as a guide for policymakers and multifamily stakeholders on benchmarking and disclosure rules and regulations. It provides an introduction to the multifamily housing sector, followed by a thorough review of existing benchmarking and disclosure policies and an assessment of continuing policy challenges and opportunities.

Author: Steve Culbertson, BKi
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation talks about Energy Upgrade California's Flex Path pilot program which offers a menu of upgrade options for homeowners to select. Its flexible approach has been popular with middle-income homeowners interested in upgrades.

Author: Navigant, Inc. (Prepared for Boulder County)
Publication Date: 2012

This progress report provides community members and others interested in EnergySmart with a clear snapshot of its progress. The report also provides a timeline of energy efficiency policies and programs in Boulder County.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

EnergyWorks' phased marketing campaign appeals to Philadelphia homeowners based on the current weather conditions.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This video describes how RePower benefited from coordinating with contractors from the very beginning.

Author: Anne McKibbin and Anne Evens, CNT Energy; Steven Nadel and Eric Mackres, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2012

This report outlines where costs and energy savings can be achieved and dives into strategies that utilities and multi-family building owners can use to create a more effective partnership. With an understanding that states and local regions sometimes can lack energy efficiency policies, this report outlines ways to go beyond what's required and move the efficiency discussion forward in expanding the resources available for energy efficiency upgrades.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on how to engage, grow and identify challenges of small contractor businesses.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Elizabeth Galante of NOLA WISE (New Orleans, Louisiana, Worthwhile Investments Save Energy), describes the program's home energy showcases, which were a successful marketing initiative that helped entice homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades.

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 2012

A tool that provides information on the air emissions attributable to the electricity used in a home or business during one year, along with a description of what these numbers mean in everyday terms and information on how to be more energy efficient or buy green power.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2012

This blog post is about the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) "National Survey of State Policies and Practices for the Evaluation of Ratepayer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs." It underscores the point that variability in evaluation approaches does not diminish the conclusion that energy efficiency programs are cost-effective and successful.

Author: The Cadmus Group, Inc.
Publication Date: 2012

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) contracted with The Cadmus Group, Inc., to evaluate its H.E.A.T. Squad program. The evaluation activities informed two main areas of interest: program and market effects, and impact and cost-effectiveness. To inform the evaluation, Cadmus surveyed participant and non-participant homeowners and interviewed program stakeholders.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2012

This report provides guidance and recommendations to help residential energy efficiency programs to more accurately estimate energy savings. It identifies steps program managers can take to ensure precise savings estimates, apply impact estimates over time, and account for and avoid potential double counting of savings.

Exploring Opportunities for Energy Efficiency as a Revenue Stream in the Forward Capacity Markets
Author: Terri Esterly, PJM Capacity Market Operations; Doug Hurley, Synapse Energy Economics Inc.
Publication Date: 2012
Presentation, Media, Transcript

Webcast on utility forward capacity markets and how energy efficiency programs may access these markets as a potential source of revenues.

Exploring Opportunities for Energy Efficiency as a Revenue Stream in the Forward Capacity Markets
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast provides information for energy efficiency programs on the opportunities and challenges associated with participating in forward capacity markets and reliability pricing models as potential revenue streams.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2012

This policy brief describes how NYSERDA's Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program increases access to financing through tiered underwriting criteria.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on receiving and tracking data for evaluation.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Bruce Doeuck of JEA ShopSmart in Jacksonville, Florida, discusses the importance of responding to the needs of contractors.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on the structure and recommendations for small commercial financing programs.

Author: Courtney Moriarta, SRA International, Inc.; Emily Levin, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; Tiger Adolf, Building Performance Institute; Brad Geyer, Fayette County Better Buildings Initiative; Sammy Chu, Suffolk County Department of Labor; Sam Flanery, Building Science Academy
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation on five steps to building a profitable contractor base. The steps include sensible program design and administration, certification and credentialing, communicating with contractors, contractor requirements (business vs. trade), and training and sales support.

Author: Leah Thayer, Home Performance Magazine
Publication Date: 2012

This article highlights contractors adding home performance to their HVAC businesses.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2012

This document summarizes discussions and recommendations from a forum for practitioners and policymakers aiming to strengthen residential energy efficiency program design and delivery for middle income households.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

A list of tips from Connecticut's Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge for working with utilities to access energy usage data.

Author: Kellie Stickney, SustainableWorks
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation on the SustainableWorks non-profit general contractor model for supporting energy upgrades in Washington state and lessons learned for implementing a whole house approach.

Author: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Publication Date: 2012

This article promotes the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance's 2012 U.S. Green Building Council /Business Courier Green Business Award for Education/Outreach Ð Nonprofit. The award celebrated the program's outreach approach of reaching out to homeowners directly through community engagement and neighborhood canvassing.

Author: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Publication Date: 2012

This article promotes the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance’s 2012 U.S. Green Building Council /Business Courier Green Business Award for Education/Outreach - Nonprofit. The award celebrated the program’s outreach approach of reaching out to homeowners directly through community engagement and neighborhood canvassing.

Author: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Publication Date: 2012

This guide from the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance provides an example of protocols for home energy assessments and upgrades.

Author: Green For All
Publication Date: 2012

This practitioner-focused Toolkit for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs was created by Green For All to assist new, established, and future energy efficiency programs launch and scale initiatives that can deliver the full promise of the green economy. It is intended as a practical resource that offers examples, tools, and templates that a program manager can deploy to implement a variety of aspects of their program including best practice briefs and summary documents, RFPs, contracts, and other program design and implementation templates that communities nationwide have used to create their own efficiency programs.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2012

This paper focuses on two strategies to create quality careers and placement opportunities through deep green energy efficiency retrofits, namely joint labor-management apprenticeships and community workforce agreements.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2012

This paper focuses on two strategies to create quality careers and placement opportunities through deep green energy efficiency retrofits, namely joint labor-management apprenticeships and community workforce agreements.

Author: National Association of REALTORS®
Publication Date: 2012

This toolkit provides information about including and using relevant green data fields in the MLS. This information can help buyers quickly find green homes; make it easy to promote the special features of a green home; and support comparisons when it is time to appraise a green home.

Author: Kira Ashby and Hilary Forster, Consortium for Energy Efficiency; Bruce Ceniceros, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Bobbi Wilhelm, Puget Sound Energy; Kim Friebel, Commonwealth Edison; Rachel Henschel, National Grid; Shahana Samiullah, Southern California Edison
Publication Date: 2012

This paper explores ways in which program administrators are using social norms to spur behavior change and, as a result, curb energy use. In recent years, home energy reports (HER) programs have applied the concept of social norms to the energy efficiency context. These feedback programs inform customers of how their energy consumption compares to their neighbors' and provide other information about their usage, with the goal of enticing customers to change their energy use behavior to improve their relative neighborhood ranking.

Author: Green For All
Publication Date: 2012

This report covers how to create high road standards and use the momentum of energy sector projects to create safe, well-paying, long-term careers for a diverse group of people. It includes case studies on Community Power Works in Seattle, Washington, and Clean Energy Works Oregon's (now Enhabit's) efforts to use community high road agreements.

Author: Martha Jane Murray, William J. Clinton Foundation
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation describing the Clinton Foundation's Home Energy Affordability Loan program.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation that discusses the Home Energy Score Program.

Author: Chad Ruhoff, Neil Kelly Company
Publication Date: 2012

This article, part of a series sponsored by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, details the successes and lessons learned of the Neil Kelly Company. Over the past 63 years, the Neil Kelly Company has successfully navigated several economic downturns and has revamped its home performance division to emerge as a leader of sustainable building practices.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on how to receive and evaluate feedback from customers and contractors.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Andy Holzhauser of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance discusses how programs can create more effective loan products by first identifying existing loan products and then working to make them better for homeowners and contractors.

Author: Will Baker, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation describes the Illinois Home Performance program and marketing strategy lessons learned.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This video explains how Better Buildings for Michigan's performance metrics and quality assurance enabled them to encourage high-performing contractors, to help underperforming contractors improve, and ultimately to dismiss some contractors.

Author: Thomas Dolan, Home Performance Magazine
Publication Date: 2012

This article explores the opportunities for HVAC contractors to move into home performance and includes discussion from contractors and industry experts.

Author: Chicago Jobs Council
Publication Date: 2012

This document provides an overview for incorporating workforce development principles into projects.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on multifamily information technology tools for project information, marketing, assessment, tracking and evaluation.

Author: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Publication Date: 2012

Descriptions of eight county-level and city-level energy efficiency programs in the Southwest.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

Story on how California homeowners are learning about energy efficiency by touring demonstration homes.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation from Efficiency Maine shows early adopters and higher income residents tend to take advantage of large incentives, but smaller incentives may be a way to engage a broader range of income levels.

Author: Robin LeBaron, National Home Performance Council
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation about the pro forma to evaluate the impact of program marketing on contractor revenue developed by the National Home Performance Council.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Tessa Shin of AFC First discusses the importance of low interest rates.

Author: Frank Rapley, Tennessee Valley Authority
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation describes the Kentucky Home Performance program and lessons learned on testing innovative approaches to engaging consumers.

Author: Joni Zacharisen, CPS Energy; Clint McKenzie, City of San Antonio, Texas
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation describing the San Antonio program and tactics used to drive demand and enhance service delivery to make the program simpler for customers.

Author: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation describing the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance program and tactics used to drive demand and enhance service delivery to make the program simpler for customers.

Author: Mary Templeton, BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation describing the State of Michigan and Michigan Saves programs and tactics used to drive demand and enhance service delivery to make the program simpler for customers.

Keeping Up With Your Audience, So They Keep Up With Your Program
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012
Presentation

This webcast discussed how market research can help spur demand for home energy efficiency programs.

Author: Energy Trust Oregon (Prepared by Johnson Consulting Group)
Publication Date: 2012

This report presents key findings and recommendations from the process evaluation of Clean Energy Works Oregon's (now Enhabit's) energy efficiency financing program. Table 1 provides a good list of key process evaluation research questions which may help others scope comprehensive process evaluations.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges, opportunities and solutions of program sustainability.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

LaborWorks@NeighborWorks is a nonprofit temporary labor pool developed by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) to assist professional contractors involved with the NeighborWorks Home Energy Assistance Team (HEAT). In the first of this Focus Series, DOE interviews Melanie Paskevich, HEAT Squad coordinator, to get details on why NeighborWorks set up the temporary labor pool, how workers are recruited, and lessons learned for other programs to consider.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Tessa Shin of AFC First discusses the importance of including financing in the upgrade sales process.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Tessa Shin of AFC First discusses the importance of making the loan application process simple for both homeowners and contractors.

Author: Jane Bugbee, The United Illuminating Company
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation highlights the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund's efforts to integrate HVAC contractors, builders, and remodelers into its home performance program, which expanded its customer base and significantly scaled up the program. It includes lessons on outreach strategies for integrating these types of contractors into the program.

Author: Emily Levin, Efficiency Vermont
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation that shares Marketing & Outreach lessons learned from Vermont.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Liz Robinson with EnergyWorks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, talks about the faith-based partnerships EnergyWorks developed to help promote the program.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Liz Robinson with EnergyWorks in Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, talks about the faith-based partnerships EnergyWorks developed to help promote the program.

Author: Elise Avers, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation that describes the successful elements of the Massachusetts HEAT loan program, including how it is funded and who is eligible.

Author: Mass Save
Publication Date: 2012

A comparative list of lenders participating in the Mass Save HEAT Loan Program and the terms and conditions of the loans that they offer.

Author: Mass Save
Publication Date: 2012

This plan was jointly developed by gas and electric companies in the state of Massachusetts to set aggressive goals for 2013-2015 through a sustained and integrated statewide energy efficiency effort in accordance with Green Communities Act.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on grant funding investments, program design and revenue streams in the post-grant period.

Author: National Home Performance Council
Publication Date: 2012

This paper describes the problems and issues that arise for energy efficiency programs as a result of common cost-effectiveness test implementation practice. It also provides recommendations for how to address these challenges.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This video provides an overview of Better Buildings for Michigan's mentoring program for contractors, and the high value that contractors and the program gain from mentoring.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on developing field training and mentoring programs for newly hired contractors.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Yvonne Kraus of Conservation Services Group in Bainbridge Island, Washington, discusses why the RePower program created multiple branding and messaging themes.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Yvonne Kraus of Conservation Services Group in Bainbridge Island, Washington,  discusses why the RePower program created multiple branding and messaging themes.

Author: Michigan Saves
Publication Date: 2012

An example of a detailed and thorough implementation guide written for the Michigan Saves program.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on adapting and adjusting financing strategies after a program was implemented.

Author: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
Publication Date: 2012

The ultimate objective of the protocol is to develop a system that can be used to guide the production of readily usable dataset that can leverage project data from future meter-based measurement and evaluation studies, or metering studies to develop end-use load shapes. The protocol includes a "NEEP Residential Data Collection Protocol Report" template.

Author: Clean Water Fund
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation describes Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge program and lessons learned on community engagement as a driver of demand.

Author: Chris Badger, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation describes the New Jersey Clean Energy program and lessons learned on community engagement as a driver of demand.

Author: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Publication Date: 2012

To deliver the most effective residential energy efficiency programs possible, NYSERDA implemented a quality assurance process to verify that projects meet all program requirements while maintaining healthy and safe conditions for the occupants.

Author: One Change
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation describes One Change's program and lessons learned about designing custom messages for specific markets.

Author: The Cadmus Group, Inc.
Publication Date: 2012

Pacific Power contracted with The Cadmus Group, Inc., to conduct impact and process evaluations of its Washington low-income weatherization program for the program period extending from March 2009 through February 2011. The impact evaluation assessed energy savings and cost-effectiveness associated with the program, and in doing so quantified select non-energy benefits. The process evaluation assessed program delivery and efficacy, potential bottlenecks, opportunities for improvements, and participants’ experiences and satisfaction with the program.

Part I: Getting Started: Answering Big Picture Funding Questions
Author: Neelam Patel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Pat McGuckin, The Cadmus Group, Inc.; Richard Dooley, Arlington County, Virginia; Shawn Collins, Opportunity Council; Alex Ramel, Sustainable Connections
Publication Date: 2012
Presentation 1, Presentation 2, Presentation 3, Presentation 4, Transcript

This webcast (Part I of a three-part series) covers the big picture questions that local governments should consider for funding clean energy programs. What resources are available? What are the program priorities? How can these programs pay for themselves? What funding is available? The webinar guides local governments through these and other questions in the context of their own unique circumstances and illustrates the concepts through case studies that explore how local governments have used both conventional and unconventional methods to gain support, line up partners, and design and implement their funding programs.

Part II: Getting it Funded: Finding Funding for your Clean Energy Programs
Author: Neelam Patel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Pat McGuckin, The Cadmus Group, Inc.; Marvin Lee, School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Nate Boyd, City of Orlando, Florida
Publication Date: 2012
Presentation 1, Presentation 2, Presentation 3, Presentation 4, Presentation 5, Transcript

This webcast (Part II of a three-part series) discusses how climate and clean energy programs can find funding.

Part III: Keeping it Going: Financing Options for your Clean Energy Programs
Author: Neelam Patel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Pat McGuckin, The Cadmus Group, Inc.; Niko Dietsch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Keith Canfield, Clinton Climate Initiative; James Christensen and Yvette Rincon, City of Sacramento, California
Publication Date: 2012
Presentation 1, Presentation 2, Presentation 3, Presentation 4, Presentation 5, Presentation 6, Transcript

This webcast (Part III of a three-part series) covers how to choose and implement financing options that meet local needs.

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