Keeping Our Industry Strong: News from E4TheFuture

July 20, 2017


VAEEC members: we are pleased to present our news updates. We hope you join our efforts!


National Energy Efficiency Registry

We are pleased to let you know that the Executive Order 57 Work Group responded favorably to a presentation by our senior policy analyst Audrey Bragg (pictured below right) regarding the National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEER).

As you know
, Governor McAuliffe’s Executive Order 57 asked the Commonwealth to facilitate and engage in a dialogueAudrey Brag head shot on carbon reduction policies to grow jobs and help diversify Virginia’s economy. On May 12th, the EO57 Work Group released a report and final recommendations for the Governor’s consideration. Based on Audrey educating the Work Group about the NEER, this list includes (4) Develop an energy efficiency account and registry tool. Specifically, the Work Group recommended that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy investigate the NEER model and evaluate whether the registry could be a starting point for an energy efficiency accounting and trading mechanism. The EO57 led to Executive Directive 11 signed May 16, 2017. The directive is designed to ensure that Virginia’s regulation is “trading-ready.”

For background about NEER, see Audrey’s blog about the NEER Public Comment Period.                                                                                                              

Faces of EE

One way we are keeping our energy efficiency industry strong is a nationwide “Faces of EE” campaign. Our aim is to tell policymakers that non-partisan energy efficiency (EE) policies can expand a vital workforce in every community. This Faces of Energy Efficiency builds on our advocacy efforts such as Three Reasons You Should Sign a Letter to Save EE Funding.

Faces of EE is a chance to spotlight people who are passionate about their work in all aspects of the EE industry.  From construction to manufacturing, software to finance, energy auditors to marketing  professionals, pros like you  span a host of skill sets and job types. We are showing people the unsung heroes of largely invisible workforce. 

We don’t want to lose important gains and momentum that the EE has built. Retweet @FacesofEE content to get the word out about the 2.2+ million Americans working in the EE industry, and tell your friends!    


In closing, we invite your participation in the upcoming national EEDay2017 on October 5. If you are online, you can join–it’s very simple! Sign up here. We will use EEDay2017 to highlight our work with Faces of EE, cost-effectiveness testing for EE programs, and the health benefits of energy efficiency.

Contact if you have questions on any of the initiatives mentioned above.

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