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

This presentation is aimed at program administrators and describes business planning concepts such as program mission, vision, and goals.

Author: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

This report shares strategies for marketing local energy efficiency programs, particularly through focused messaging, leveraging partnerships, and social media.

Author: Energy and Environmental Economics
Publication Date: 2011

This report provides an overview of residential customer information and behavior efficiency programs, and identifies key challenges to and solutions for increasing the penetration of these programs nationwide.

Author: Chris Lohmann, U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation that provides a summary of the role financing plays within energy efficiency programs.

Partnering with Utilities Part 1 -- Successful Partnerships and Lessons from the Field
Author: Jennifer Clymer, ICF International; Philip LaMay, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Christian Williss, Denver, Colorado; Sharon Procopio, Denver, Colorado
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast served as a roundtable for communities to describe successful partnerships between local governments and utilities that enabled the local governments to implement new clean energy programs or enhance existing ones.

Partnering with Utilities Part 2-Topics for Local Governments-Creating Successful Partnerships with Utilities to Deliver Energy Efficiency Programs
Author: Jennifer Clymer, ICF International; Neal De Snoo, Berkeley, California; Dan Schoenholz, Fremont, California; Catherine Squire and Gina Blus, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Jon Ippel, Orlando, Florida; Cameron Saulsby, Orlando Utilities Commission
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast focused on advanced topics for local government-utility partnerships, with presentations from local governments and their partnering utilities that have well-developed, multi-year relationships and programs.

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

Table showing business model frameworks, their relevance, key metrics, and questions for consideration.

Author: Paul Cillo, Energy Efficiency Institute, Inc.
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation providing an overview of the PAYS financial model, including information on risks and how to manage them, and successful program examples using the PAYS model.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the background and features of the PowerSaver loan program.

Author: EnergySmart Colorado
Publication Date: 2011

Example of a program design flowchart showing key steps and relationships for the energy efficiency program in Eagle County, Colorado.

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

This document provides a menu of initial questions for a program administrator or implementer to build on and use in developing a real-time evaluation survey to collect qualitative data from contractors.

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

This document provides a menu of initial questions for a program administrator or implementer to build on and use in developing a real-time evaluation survey to collect qualitative data from program participants.

Author: Chris Lohmann, U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation providing an overview of financing programs, a strategy for continuous improvement, tools for program management, a risk management strategy, and common risks associated with financing programs.

Author: EnergySmart
Publication Date: 2011

Example of an implementation plan developed by EnergySmart Colorado at the beginning of the implementation of its Better Buildings Neighborhood Program.

Author: EnergySmart Colorado
Publication Date: 2011

Boulder, Colorado's EnergySmart program produced a detailed implementation plan with activities, deliverables, and timelines by phase and task.

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

This publication includes best practices for how to create a quality assurance plan and the key components that these plans should include.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges and effective combinations of quality assurance strategies.

Author: Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Publication Date: 2011

This Washington State Department of Labor & Industries provides a short list of considerations and tips when hiring a contractor or remodeler.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges and solutions to creating jobs, recruitment, training and retention of a workforce.

Author: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
Publication Date: 2011

REED serves as a dashboard for the consistent reporting of electric and natural gas energy efficiency program energy and demand savings and associated costs, avoided emissions and job impacts across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. REED is a project of NEEP's Regional Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Forum (EM&V Forum) and is based on the EM&V Forum's Common Statewide Energy Efficiency Reporting Guidelines.

Author: RePower Program
Publication Date: 2011

This document details the procedures for identifying, documenting, and responding to performance problems associated with contractors in the RePower Program in Washington. It includes example forms and a draft letter to contractors.

Author: Dan Curry, BetterBuildings for Greensboro
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation provides an overview of the lending RFP issued by the city of Greensboro's Better Buildings Program, including a description of the roles and responsibilities for the city and its financial partners.

Author: Bonneville Power Administration
Publication Date: 2011

This report summarizes research assessing national and regional residential behavior-based energy efficiency (BBEE) programs and activities to identify best practices. The report emphasizes that a basic foundation for behavior change is providing energy consumers with feedback on their energy consumption, with customer engagement strategies and tactics employed to get customers to take action and drive greater levels of energy savings.

Author: Regulatory Assistance Project
Publication Date: 2011

This publication offers a roadmap to help policymakers and practitioners design and implement a comprehensive residential retrofit strategy. It presents eight principles for success based on two decades of international experience, designed to achieve the level of energy savings that will be needed to address the challenge of climate change.

Author: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

The Residential Retrofit Program Design Guide focuses on the key elements and design characteristics of building and maintaining a successful residential energy upgrade program. The material is presented as a guide for program design and planning from start to finish, laid out in chronological order of program development.

Residential Retrofit Program Design Guide Overview
Author: Richard Faesy, Energy Futures Group; Andy Meyer, Efficiency Maine; Nikki Kuhn, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

Webcast on the DOE Residential Retrofit Program Design Guide, which focuses on the key elements and design characteristics of building and maintaining a successful residential upgrade program.

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

This report lays out a national vision for overcoming many of the barriers to comprehensive home energy improvements. The authors review a range of energy efficiency policies and programs, then analyze three funding and policy scenarios to gauge their long-term impacts on the market for home energy upgrades.

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

Sample business plan framework for a program seeking to build private sector capacity then phase out and stop operating.

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

Sample business plan framework for a program that establishes itself as a government entity, then operates using a fee-based structure.

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

Sample business plan framework for a program seeking to operate as a marketing contractor to a utility.

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

Sample business plan framework for a program seeking to operate as a not-for-profit entity.

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

This report presents the results of a scoping study to assess the need for national databases that can support best practices in energy efficiency program evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V).

Author: Community Power Works
Publication Date: 2011

Example of an implementation plan developed by Seattle's Community Power Works at the beginning of the implementation of its Better Buildings Neighborhood Program.

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

This report helps policymakers understand how electric and natural gas utilities can achieve greater efficiency by establishing numeric energy savings targets and goals for energy efficiency programs.

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

This presentation provides a list of resources and tips for running a social media campaign.

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

This case study describes Austin Energy's short-term, comprehensive rebate/financing offer to jump-start participation and valuable lessons learned along the way.

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

This case study discusses strategies that Austin Energy, a municipally owned utility, used to collaborate closely with building contractors to launch a new Best Offer Ever promotion quickly and effectively.

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

This case study describes an innovative program design used by BetterBuildings for Michigan to "sweep" neighborhoods in order to effectively reach its residential audience and achieve an 80% participation rate among those canvassed.

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

This case study discusses the strategies Clean Energy Works Oregon's (now Enhabit's) used to actively engage contractors to make the program successful (e.g., balancing contractors' work priorities, enforcing quality standards).

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

Building on its understanding of homeowners in Rutland County, Vermont, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) enlisted respected local citizens and organizations to spread the word about home energy efficiency upgrade opportunities, an effort that helped drive demand for nearly 200 home upgrades in just six months

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

This case study shares how Seattle's Community Power Works engaged a vast network of partners to build on existing capacity and knowledge, extending the reach of its program in a short period of time.

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

This market assessment for the St. Louis Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program identifies the customers and potential demand for an energy efficiency upgrade financing program.

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

This peer exchange call focused on strategies and challenges related to multi-family programs.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on developing rebate/incentive programs to generate a demand for sustainable programs and products.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on what energy efficiency programs are doing to target low- and moderate-income households.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on different tenant and resident education programs and how to make them complement larger programs.

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

Through its target audience research, Rutland, Vermont's NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad learned that neighbors are the most trusted messengers of energy efficiency upgrade information, rather than governments or utilities.

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

Presentation aimed at program administrators that highlights the elements of an income statement, methods for forecasting costs and revenues, the importance of performance measurement, and potential revenue streams.

Author: National Home Performance Council
Publication Date: 2011

This paper describes the stakes and stakeholders involved in greening the MLS systems, analyzes the challenges involved, and summarizes what the green building stakeholder community can learn from a collaborative approach to greening MLS systems. This discussion concludes with a proposed framework for replicating collaborative stakeholder approaches, and suggests we are close to a breakthrough where states can now truly draw from the precedents to implement changes with speed and to scale.

Author: RePower Bainbridge
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation explores the community-based social marketing aspects of RePower Bainbridge and includes insights on knowing your audience, market barriers, and leverage opportunities.

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

This report describes how utility planning processes that allow demand-side resources to compete with supply-side resources can promote cost-effective energy efficiency.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

Case study highlighting Saint Louis County, MO's use of QECBs to fund a residential energy efficiency loan program.

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

This webinar presented ways various programs use social media tools to enhance and promote their energy programs among their communities.

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

This ENERGY STAR presentation provides an overview of the power of social media to promote energy efficiency with programmatic examples offered by expert presenters.

Author: Energy Impact Illinois
Publication Date: 2011

These award winning videos show the benefits of residential energy efficiency.

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

This report presents results, recommendations, and case studies of energy efficiency financing programs.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on available program interest rates and how to lower those rates.

Author: Anne Evens, CNT Energy
Publication Date: 2011

An overview of tools and approaches used to transform the energy efficiency market in Chicago.

Author: Andy Holzhauser, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation on the organization, funding structure, and market focus of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.

Author: Regulatory Assistance Project
Publication Date: 2011

This report identifies and discusses factors that should be considered in evaluating model choices for administering and implementing ratepayer funded energy efficiency programs.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the different types of evaluation methods for residential and commercial programs.

Workforce Development and Sales Training for Energy Efficiency Contractors
Author: Elizabeth Stuart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast reports on the energy efficiency services sector workforce size, expectations for growth, and training needs and features a case studies from Efficiency Vermont and Efficiency Maine.

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

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

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

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

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on integrating income-qualified programs into neighborhood sweeps.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2010

A variety of new feedback initiatives, including real-time web-based or in-home feedback devices and enhanced billing approaches, are making energy resources visible to residential consumers throughout the United States. These initiatives are opening the door to potential energy savings that, on average, have reduced individual household electricity consumption 4 to 12%. In so doing, feedback is proving a critical first step in engaging and empowering consumers to thoughtfully manage their energy use.

Author: Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2010

This market assessment for the Alabama Energy Revolving Loan Fund identifies the customers and potential demand for an energy efficiency upgrade financing program.

Author: Matthew Brown, Harcourt Brown & Carey; John MacLean, Energy Efficiency Finance Corporation
Publication Date: 2010

Tips for recruiting and procuring financial partners and developing and negotiating financial partner agreements.

Author: Austin Energy
Publication Date: 2010

A project planning timetable template from Austin Energy that reflects all program planning activities, including marketing.

Author: Arizona Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: 2010

The AZ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program (AZHPwES) requires that participating contractors demonstrate a high level of building science knowledge and maintain the highest standards of technical performance and customer service as described in the contractor requirements.

Author: Kira Ashby, Consortium for Energy Efficiency; Monica Nevius, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Bruce Ceniceros, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Publication Date: 2010

This paper describes a wide variety of behavior change insights potentially applicable to the energy efficiency program context, provides examples of efficiency programs that have applied these insights, and explores some untapped opportunities to achieve energy savings through behavior change.

Author: Clean Energy Solutions, Inc.
Publication Date: 2010

Presentation describing sustainable revenue sources for local energy alliances.

Author: Home Performance Resource Center
Publication Date: 2010

This paper, which is based on detailed case studies of nine existing state and local programs, presents recommendations for energy upgrade programs to facilitate industry growth and support contractor business models.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010

Flowcharts showing the key program elements (financing; workforce development; marketing and outreach; and data, evaluation; and reporting).

Author: Boulder County, Colorado
Publication Date: 2010

Example Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide Boulder County, Colorado with support services for its Retrofit Ramp Up Program including a social mobilization campaign, database management services, and marketing/public relations services for the both the residential and commercial parts of the Program.

Author: BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2010

This branding guide was developed for BetterBuildings for Michigan staff so they can consistently use the program's look and feel, messages, and tone in marketing and outreach materials.

Author: Steve Morgan, Clean Energy Solutions, Inc.
Publication Date: 2010

Courtesy of Clean Energy Solutions. This presentation provides an overview of topics related to building the workforce for energy efficiency programs, including market characterization, stakeholder engagement, training and certification, and community workforce agreements. It includes information on the experience of Clean Energy Works Oregon (now Enhabit) in Portland, Oregon.

Author: Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2010

This market assessment for CharlestonSAVES identifies the customers and potential demand for an energy efficiency upgrade financing program.

Author: Clean Energy Works Oregon (now Enhabit)
Publication Date: 2010

A marketing and communications plan from Clean Energy Works Oregon (now Enhabit) outlines the program's marketing vision and objectives, as well as the strategies the program planned to undertake to meet these goals.

Author: Community Power Works
Publication Date: 2010

This agreement outlines the goals, contractor standards, hiring standards, training program standards, and procedures for contractor participation in Seattle's Community Power Works program. As a "high-road" agreement, the employment and contracting standards are designed to ensure broad access to economic opportunities for all types of businesses and workers, support training on sustainable career paths, and ensure high-quality work.

Author: Community Power Works
Publication Date: 2010

This planning document from Community Power Works of Seattle, Washington, includes flow charts and tables designed to help guide both the initial launch of the program, which includes setting goals, and its ongoing development.

Author: City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
Publication Date: 2010

This is a community workforce agreement between the City of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation.

Author: Emerald Cities Planning Committee
Publication Date: 2010

This guide to Community Workforce Agreements is an appendix to the Road Map to Emerald Cities and provides a framework to use an innovation on the traditional Project Labor Agreement to give life and meaning to the social compact.

Author: National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
Publication Date: 2010

This fact sheet provides information about energy efficiency, explains how utility and state investment in energy efficiency helps consumers, and describes what to expect from utility or state efficiency programs.

Author: Lee Butler, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Publication Date: 2010

This presentation provides information on strategies to successfully recruit contractors. Topics include setting goals, identifying contractors, contacting contractors, and following up with contractors.

Author: National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
Publication Date: 2010

This report summarizes existing research and discusses current practices, opportunities, and barriers to coordinating energy efficiency and demand response programs.

Creating Liquidity for Energy Efficiency Loans in Secondary Markets
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010
Presentation 1, Presentation 2, Media, Transcript

This webcast discusses secondary markets as a means for private investors to participate in and fund energy efficiency loan programs.

Author: National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
Publication Date: 2010

This report summarizes the approaches used by energy efficiency program administrators when assessing the range of financial and other incentives to be used in energy efficiency programs.

Designing Effective Incentives to Drive Residential Retrofit Program Participation
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast covers information about designing effective incentives to drive residential retrofit program participation.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010

A template competitive procurement procedure to award loan loss reserve funds to a financial institution partner.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010

A template agreement demonstrating how to address the deposit and use of loan loss reserve funds.

Door-to-Door Outreach and Tracking Impacts
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast discusses door-to-door campaigns and how to track the impacts of these campaigns.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2010

This guide provides an assessment of various approaches to Marketing & Outreach for home energy efficiency improvements.

EM&V Basics, Tools and Resources to Assist EECBG and SEP Grantees
Author: Julie Michals, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.; Phil Sieper, The Cadmus Group, Inc.; Mark Stetz, Stetz Consulting
Publication Date: 2010
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webinar offers an introduction to EM&V basics, including data collection, tracking tools, M&V approaches, and reporting energy savings.

Author: Merrian Fuller, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2010

Presentation describing on-bill repayment programs and providing financing lessons learned.

Author: National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
Publication Date: 2010

This report presents best practices for operating successful portfolio-level efficiency programs, including assessing efficiency potential, cost-effectiveness screening, and developing a portfolio of approaches.

Author: Lauren Swiston, Maryland Energy Administration
Publication Date: 2010

This presentation discusses workforce development experiences with residential energy efficiency programs in Maryland, including early successes, work with moderate-income populations, partnerships with utilities and colleges, challenges, and lessons learned.

Author: Consortium for Energy Efficiency
Publication Date: 2010

This guide provides background on the home improvement market in the U.S. and Canada and end users and systems in existing homes, as well as a description of energy efficiency program approaches and strategies.

Author: Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2010

This market assessment evaluates lending options for funding energy efficiency upgrades in North Carolina.

Finance Planning
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast discussed the broad spectrum of needs financing mechanisms must address within integrated energy efficiency programs.

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