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Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (NEEP)

Lexington, Massachusetts

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc., (NEEP) is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for its longstanding dedication to regionally coordinated energy efficiency programming designed to drive market transformation for ENERGY STAR certified products. NEEP facilitates the Northeast Retail Products Initiative (the Initiative), which is sponsored by Cape Light Compact, National Grid (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York), NSTAR Electric, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, NHSaves (Liberty Utilities, Unitil, Public Service of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Electric Co-op), Efficiency Vermont, Connecticut Light & Power, the United Illuminating Company, Connecticut Municipal Electrical Energy Cooperative, PSEG Long Island, New York State Energy Research Development Authority, and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (known collectively as “Sponsors”). Key accomplishments in 2013 include:

  • Achieving lasting energy savings—more than 5.9 million MWh in lifetime energy savings and more than 4.6 million tons of CO2 reductions—through ongoing cooperative promotions with retailers and manufacturers, retailer training, incentives, and customer marketing and education.
  • Conducting marketing activities focused on ENERGY STAR certified products, messaging, and branding designed to reach all Northeast and Mid-Atlantic customers. In 2013, the Sponsors collectively invested more than $2.7 million in marketing with partnering businesses and gained almost 160 million impressions.
  • Creating specialized consumer education materials to guide Northeast and Mid-Atlantic consumers—including those in underserved communities, such as seniors, low-income residents, and non-English speaking residents—through the growing array of ENERGY STAR lighting products. NEEP also encouraged the region to increase support of ENERGY STAR LEDs as part of the Northeast Residential Lighting Strategy.
  • Ensuring the availability of ENERGY STAR certified appliances, lighting, and consumer electronics to all demographics through partnerships with traditional retail partners, such as grocery chains, hardware stores, pharmacies, and local dollar and discount stores, as well as with Salvation Army locations and local food banks.