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Author: Suzanne Russo, Pecan Street Project Inc.
Publication Date: 2011

Headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. is a research and development organization focused on developing and testing advanced technology, business model and customer behavior surrounding advanced energy management systems. Their flagship effort is the Pecan Street Demonstration Project that began in an Austin community. This presentation discusses collecting and using data to assess and improve the Pecan Street Project.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This peer exchange call summary focused on a general overview and implementation plan of the PACE program.

Communicating Success: Measuring Improvements, Sharing Results
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast teaches attendees how to leverage program results to promote energy efficiency campaigns.

Community Development Finance Institutions: Opportunities for Partnerships with Energy Efficiency Programs
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast highlights opportunities for community development finance institutions to partner with energy efficiency programs.

Author: Community Energy Services
Publication Date: 2011

Survey for Minnesota home owners participating in Community Energy Services pilot program about their experience at their home visit.

Author: Kerry O'Neill, Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation shares how the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge collected and evaluated data and used the results to improve its program.

Author: Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge
Publication Date: 2011

Authorization form to obtain household energy information.

Author: Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge
Publication Date: 2011

This template, used by Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, standardizes volunteer data collection efforts at events.

Author: Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge
Publication Date: 2011

Short survey for Connecticut's Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge workshop participants. The workshop allowed the program to share its energy efficiency offerings with homeowners.

Author: Populus Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
Publication Date: 2011

This guide from Boulder County's EnergySmart service is an example of expectations and guidelines for contractor operations.

Author: Jared Asch, Efficiency First
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation describes strategies for outreach to energy contractors and auditors, including contractor incentives.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

This Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Clean Energy Policy Brief describes how adding sales skills to contractors' existing technical expertise helps convert more assessments into comprehensive home energy upgrades. It profiles Efficiency Maine's contractor sales training and includes a list of resources.

Author: Cynthia Adams, Local Energy Alliance Program
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation provides an overview of the process and tools the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) of Charlottesville, Virginia uses to collect and report customer and contractor data on projects.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

One-page template to use when developing a partnership agreement between an energy efficiency upgrade program and another organization.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This worksheet can help key program and marketing staff collaborate to develop a brand platform.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2011

This document provides an overview of how state policymakers, utilities, and regulators can overcome barriers to deploying customer energy information and feedback strategies.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This peer exchange call summary focused on how to gather data for evaluation and reporting.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This peer exchange call summary focused on aggregating, reporting and evaluating information.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

This report provides state and local policymakers with information on successful approaches to the design and implementation of residential efficiency programs for households ineligible for low-income programs.

Developing an Evaluation Measurement and Verification Plan for Your Energy Efficiency Project/Program
Author: Julie Michals, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.; Jonathan Kleinman, CLEAResult
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast discussed developing an Evaluation Measurement and Verification Plan for energy efficiency programs, including the collection of data and analysis of program performance.

Developing an Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Plan For Residential Retrofit Programs
Author: Julie Michals, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.; Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Transcript

This webcast defines Evaluation Measurement and Verification (EM&V), provides DOE guidance on EM&V and reporting, and discussed how to develop a plan for Residential Retrofit Energy Efficient programs.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation provides ideas for the effective use of email communication for programs, including links to additional tools and resources for running a successful campaign.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges, advantages and keys of working with partners to obtain and maintain an effective workforce.

Author: Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Publication Date: 2011

Describes program guidelines for EmPower Louisiana's Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO)-Existing Homes Program. Provides guidance to participants on how the EmPower Louisiana HERO Program will be implemented, and provides details on all aspects of the application and reporting process.

Author: Energize Phoenix
Publication Date: 2011

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

Author: Dimitrios Laloudakis, Energize Phoenix
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation outlines the techniques for collecting and evaluating energy efficiency program evaluation data, including data related to marketing efforts.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2011

This report examines the different types of financiers and their specific strengths, weaknesses, and areas of focus. Specifically, the paper addresses the different types of financing partnerships in the marketplace and offers a guide to their individual interests, risk tolerances, and place in the financial services industry.

Author: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Publication Date: 2011

This report describes different approaches to energy efficiency finance taken by utilities.

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 2011

Local governments can promote energy efficiency in their jurisdictions by developing and implementing strategies that improve the efficiency of municipal facilities and operations and/or encourage energy efficiency improvements in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. The energy efficiency guides in this series describe the process of developing and implementing strategies, using real-world examples, for improving energy efficiency in local government operations (see the guides on local government operations, K-12 schools, energy-efficient product procurement, combined heat and power, and water and wastewater facilities), as well as in the community.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy; University of Cincinnati Economics Center
Publication Date: 2011

This report analyzes the energy efficiency opportunity presented to the greater Cincinnati region. Analysis of the region and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA) programs shows potential energy cost savings, including positive cash flow from energy cost savings that consistently exceed loan payments, for both residential and nonprofit participants. Investment in energy efficiency could make counties more competitive, create jobs, reduce pollution, and help homeowners and nonprofits make cross-cutting building improvements.

Author: Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation explaining the advantages and challenges of electric cooperatives, and discussing the implementation of an energy efficiency program operated by an electric cooperative in South Carolina.

Author: Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation explaining the advantages and challenges of electric cooperatives, and discussing the implementation of an energy efficiency program operated by an electric cooperative in South Carolina.

Author: Energy Upgrade California
Publication Date: 2011

Survey form used by Energy Upgrade California to assess open house tour attendee interest in obtaining further information about upgrade opportunities.

Author: Energy Upgrade California
Publication Date: 2011

This Los Angeles County, California, presentation shares how to build broad, positive awareness of and support for programs; gain the tools and resources to align and coordinate marketing efforts; and increase flexibility and responsiveness in messaging and scope.

Author: EnergyWorks KC
Publication Date: 2011

This marketing plan from EnergyWorks Kansas City includes a strategic focus for the program's outreach activities, as well as three core marketing objectives Kansas City set out to meet.

Engaging Financial Institution Partners
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast provides guidance about the financial stakeholder engagement process and offers lessons from the field.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

Sample phone survey template for program contractors.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This sample phone survey template for program drop-outs, created by the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, was designed for programs to find out why applicants that applied to participate in a program ultimately dropped out.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This sample phone survey template, created by the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, was designed for programs to use with applicants who have been screened out from participating in a program.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This sample email survey template, created by the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, was designed for programs to develop their own survey of successful program participants in order to assess customer experience.

Exploring Power Purchase Agreements: The Basics, Part 1
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast provides basic information about power purchase agreements.

Author: Fayette County Better Buildings Initiative
Publication Date: 2011

This lease agreement is an example of an equipment lease from the Fayette County equipment loan program for contractors.

Author: Mullin and Lonergan Associates Inc.
Publication Date: 2011

Fayette County, Pennsylvania completed a county-wide housing market analysis in 2005. The Fayette County Better Buildings program used information contained in the analysis to help inform its program design. For example, the program drew on information about the county's "patch" communities, which are towns constructed in the early 1900s by coal companies to house workers--to ensure that the program would address the unique conditions within these communities.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This peer exchange call summary focused on establishing the strategies, challenges and key topics related to financing for future peer exchange calls.

Financial Program Management for Continuous Improvement
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Media, Transcript

This webcast discussed financial program management.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

Template for program administrators to fill out to help determine the goals and design of financing activities.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

An Excel-based example of a financing program model.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

An Excel-based example of a financing program model.

Financing Programs: RFP & Contract Terms and Conditions
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast discusses financing program RFPs and contract terms and conditions.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2011

Provides a framework for designing a financial program that accounts for market needs and barriers to success.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

Clean Energy Works Oregon's (now Enhabit's) experience implementing an on-bill financing program.

Furthering Your Local Governments' Energy Efficiency Goals: Part 1 - Getting Support From Local Leaders
Author: Chuck Clinton, National Association of State Energy Officials; Jay Fisette, Arlington County, Virginia; Michael Yambrach, Washington, D.C.; Kaci Radcliffe, Skagit County, Washington; Jennifer Clymer, ICF International
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast shares useful and effective strategies for getting local leaders to support local government's energy efficiency goals.

Author: Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation shares the broad outreach efforts in Indianapolis.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This simple paper-based dashboard template is a useful tool for developing internal and external reports for communicating on a regular basis key program activities and accomplishments.

Author: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Publication Date: 2011

This strategic plan describes the goals, objectives, market, and business model for the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance's energy efficiency program and service offerings.

Author: Green Madison
Publication Date: 2011

Questionnaire for contractors participating in the Green Madison program about their overall experience, level of participation, training, and available resources.

Author: Green Madison; Me2
Publication Date: 2011

Survey for consultants participating in Green Madison and Me2 programs about their experiences with the programs.

Author: Green Madison; Me2
Publication Date: 2011

Survey for consultants participating in Green Madison and Me2 programs about their experiences with the programs.

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 2011

These protocols provide recommended minimum specifications and best practices for protection of occupant health associated with home energy upgrades.

Author: Stacy Ho and Jeremy Hays, Green For All
Publication Date: 2011

This report highlights the impact of investment for Portland, Oregon in terms of high-quality job creation, equitable hiring, inclusive business opportunities, standardized training, and energy conservation.

Author: Lilah Glick, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation from the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance on how to conduct a real-time evaluation of programs and services.

How to Design and Market Energy Efficiency Programs to Specific Neighborhoods
Author: Michelle Leigh, County of Volusia, Florida; Andrea Petzel, City of Seattle, Washington; Lilah Glick, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast offers information on successful marketing strategies, as well as design considerations and market research insights for creating and marketing successful projects in specific neighborhoods.

Author: Jane Peters, Research Into Action, Inc.
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation describes steps programs can take to obtain useful feedback from customers regarding their programs.

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation introduces new users to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and how to get started with benchmarking.

How to Work with the Media
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast offers a preview of tools and proven techniques to work with local media to increase program visibility. The webcast also features a discussion where participants shared what is working with their program's media efforts.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This publication provides tips from Better Buildings Neighborhood partners on incentivizing contractors.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2011

This report provides data from nationwide utility customer satisfaction surveys and two case studies to encourage utilities to offer high-quality energy efficiency programs and services for their customers.

Integrating Experimental Design Into Your Program
Author: Annika Todd, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

Experimental design is often used to increase certainty about the actual impacts of a program and what strategies are worth repeating going forward. This webcast reviewed some experimental design techniques and gave examples of how they might fit into your programs.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

Sample Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory for a process and impact evaluation for the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program.

Author: Gary R. Myers, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation explains how to engage and motivate contractors and utility companies through the use of commitments, creating a dynamic program that they can become involved with, and the setting of standards for contractors.

Leveraging EPA's Portfolio Manager in Benchmarking and Disclosure Policy
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation

This webinar highlights the best practices of state and local benchmarking and disclosure policies. It discusses benchmarking and its place in the larger context of energy management planning and explores in detail some of the choices governments face when implementing these policies.

Leveraging Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations
Author: Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith; Paul C. Raver, Jr., Green Market Solutions; Alexis Chase, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast explores how faith-based organizations and their partners have used energy efficiency as an organizing motivator to upgrade the institutional building and then members' homes.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

This process guide includes information on capturing comments from open-ended survey questions and generating actionable items for program improvement.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This peer exchange call summary focused on creating a dialogue between contractors, trainers and jobseekers about program design/implementation and results of workforce feedback.

Author: Energy Upgrade California
Publication Date: 2011

Example loan loss reserve fund agreement.

Author: Energy Upgrade California
Publication Date: 2011

Example loan loss reserve fund agreement.

Author: Lisanne Altmann, Long Island Power Authority
Publication Date: 2011

An overview of ENERGY STAR remodeling options and the associated cost savings.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

Outlines Philadelphia's EnergyWorks program's use of low-interest loans to incentivize homeowners by tying the interest rate to the number of energy efficiency measures incorporated into the home.

Author: Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: 2011

Article on how one company added a for-profit weatherization business to its nonprofit organization -- and how they now work successfully together.

Managing Financing Programs: Spreadsheet Models
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011
Media, Transcript

This webcast provides an overview of spreadsheet models available to help manage financing programs.

Author: North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date: 2011

This study provides statistically significant analysis that ENERGY STAR qualified new homes sell faster (i.e., fewer days on the market) and for higher prices (i.e., sell for higher prices, or sell for a greater percentage of the listing price, or have a higher price per square foot) than comparable nonqualified homes, providing valuable evidence that there is a market advantage for ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This case study features a Massachusetts-based program that used an SUV-mounted thermal imaging camera to evaluate thermal leakage from homes.

Publication Date: 2011

This matrix includes specific questions for applicants, participants, and program drop outs related to topics such as awareness, barriers, contractor interactions, paperwork, and finances.

Author: Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
Publication Date: 2011

Example Me2 and Green Madison process evaluation plan to conduct an in-depth investigation and assessment of the major program areas.

Author: Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
Publication Date: 2011

Example Me2 and Green Madison process evaluation plan to conduct an in-depth investigation and assessment of the major program areas.

Author: Me2
Publication Date: 2011

Survey for people who signed up to participate in the Me2 program for home performance assessments, but ultimately decided not to participate. The goal of the survey is to help improve services for future participants.

Author: Me2
Publication Date: 2011

Survey for people who signed up to participate in the Me2 program for home performance assessments, but ultimately decided not to participate. The goal of the survey is to help improve services for future participants.

Author: Me2
Publication Date: 2011

Participant survey sent to Me2 customers that have completed at least the initial Energy Advocate visit.

Author: Me2
Publication Date: 2011

Participant survey sent to Me2 customers that have completed at least the initial Energy Advocate visit.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy's Message Map and Value Proposition Worksheet is designed to help programs determine the key messages to best communicate to priority audiences.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This peer exchange call summary focused on messaging and delivery strategies of those messages to low-income program participants. 

Author: ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: 2011

This document provides a tutorial of MY ENERGY STAR Account (MESA).  MESA is a Web portal that houses program marks for ENERGY STAR Sponsors and contractors as well as various marketing pieces.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2011

This report identifies issues associated with developing a national evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) standard for end-use, non-transportation, energy efficiency activities.

Author: Jerry Hanna, National Grid
Publication Date: 2011

Brief presentation on the experience of a Massachusetts energy utility, National Grid, with the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

Author: Jeff Hughes, Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2011

Outlines potential partnership structures for energy efficiency program administrators and financial institutions, and discusses strategies for negotiation and communication with financial partners.

Author: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Publication Date: 2011

This report summarizes a home segmentation study conducted by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The study looked at 1,012 homeowners across New York to evaluate how they view home energy consumption, the importance they place on energy saving solutions, and why they would consider taking advantage of programs that increase energy efficiency.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

Discusses innovative financing options designed to expand the accessibility of energy efficiency financing to households that typically do not qualify for traditional loans.

Author: City of Omaha, Nebraska
Publication Date: 2011

An overview of program design, achievements, and lessons learned for the reEnergize program in Omaha.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2011

Provides review of on-bill financing programs implemented across the country, challenges to widespread adoption, and program and policy recommendations.

Author: Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2011

This publication outlines capital leveraging models and examples from across the country in which public funds were used to influence energy loan program capital.

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