ACEEE Recognizes Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs

March 21, 2013

Media Contact(s):

Wendy Koch, 202-507-4753, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

ACEEE recently completed its 3rd National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs. We are pleased to recognize the programs listed below. ACEEE and an expert review panel selected these programs as examples of leading designs and practices for energy efficiency programs offered by utilities and related organizations serving utility customers. A compendium of profiles of all these programs will be published later this spring. The profiles will feature program descriptions, performance, and key lessons learned. ACEEE completed earlier national reviews in 2003 and 2008.

As in its earlier national reviews, ACEEE selected and recognized programs judged to be models for emulation by other utilities and organizations. The selected programs demonstrate success in helping customers increase the energy efficiency of their homes, offices, businesses, and industries. By doing so, these programs reduce energy costs, improve the environment, and boost economic development. ACEEE selected these leading programs from numerous nominations received by ACEEE in a national solicitation. The selected programs represent the diversity of the types of programs available as well as the diversity of organizations that administer and provide them.

Small Business

  • One-Stop Efficiency Shop® (Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment and Xcel Energy)
  • Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) (The United Illuminating Company and Connecticut Light and Power in partnership with The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund)
  • Small Business Program (National Grid)
Honorable Mention       
  • Main Street (NSTAR Electric & Gas)

Business Natural Gas   

  • CenterPoint Energy Custom Rebate Program (CenterPoint Energy)
  • Vermont Gas Systems Commercial Retrofit Program (Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.)
Honorable Mention       
  • Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program – Economic Redevelopment Program (Nicor Gas)             

Commercial and Industrial Comprehensive       

  • Arizona Public Service Solutions for Business (Arizona Public Service)
  • Existing Facilities Program (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA))          

Commercial and Industrial Custom        

  • E+ Business Partners Program (NorthWestern Energy)
  • Self Direct Custom Efficiency (Xcel Energy)               

Commercial Lighting     

  • Enhanced Lighting Program (Puget Sound Energy)      

Commercial Retrocommissioning           

  • SCE's Commercial Retrocommissioning Program (Southern California Edison)
  • ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business Retro-Commissioning and Monitoring-Based Commissioning (ComEd Energy Efficiency Services)
  • Industrial Recommissioning (Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Nexant, Inc.)

Industrial and Large Customer Programs    

  • Production Efficiency (PE) (Energy Trust of Oregon)
  • Bonneville Power Administration’s Energy Smart Industrial program (Bonneville Power Administration)
  • Focus on Energy Industrial Program (Wisconsin Focus on Energy)
Honorable Mention       
  • Customer Memorandums of Agreement (NSTAR Electric & Gas)

Commercial New Construction                  

  • New Construction Program (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA))
  • New Buildings (Energy Trust of Oregon)       

Residential Audit and Weatherization 

  • Home Performance Solutions (Nisource/Columbia Gas of Ohio)
  • EnergyWise (National Grid)
  • Home Energy Squad (CenterPoint Energy, Xcel Energy, Center for Energy and Environment, and Neighborhood Energy Connection)

Residential HVAC          

  • Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program – Home Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Nicor Gas)
  • Home Energy Solutions (HES) (The United Illuminating Company and Connecticut Light and Power in partnership with The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund)
Honorable Mention
  • High Efficiency Air Conditioning Program (Xcel Energy)

Residential Lighting       

  • Residential Upstream Lighting Program (Pacific Gas and Electric Company)
  • Efficiency Vermont’s Retail Efficient Products Residential Lighting Program (Efficiency Vermont)
Honorable Mention
  • Residential Retail Lighting (Puget Sound Energy)

Residential New Construction 

  • Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Gas Systems – Residential New Construction Service (Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.)
  • Residential New Construction (RNC) (The United Illuminating Company and Connecticut Light and Power in partnership with The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund)
  • Rocky Mountain Power "wattsmart" New Homes Program (Rocky Mountain Power)

Residential Products and Appliances   

  • Appliance Recycling Program (Southern California Edison)
  • Retail Strategy Initiative (Pacific Gas and Electric Company)

Residential Whole Home             

  • Home Energy Assessment Program (UniSource Energy Services)
  • Mass Save® Home Energy Services (HES) Program (Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas, National Grid, New England Gas, NSTAR, Unitil, WMECO)

Residential Natural Gas      

  • WarmChoice (Nisource/Columbia Gas of Ohio)
  • Vermont Gas Systems Residential Equipment Replacement Program (Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.)

Residential Low Income               

  • Efficiency Vermont Low Income Services (Efficiency Vermont)
  • Low Income Retrofit Program (National Grid and Action, Inc.)
  • Low-Income Multi Family Energy Retrofits/LEAN Multifamily Program (Action for Boston Community Development, Action, Inc.– Gloucester, NSTAR, National Grid, Western Massachusetts Electric, Unitil, Columbia Gas, Berkshire Gas, New England Gas, Blackstone Gas and Cape Light Compact)


  • PSE&G Residential Multifamily Housing Program (Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G))
  • Energy Savers (CNT Energy (CNTe) and Community Investment Corporation (CIC))

Community-Based Programs     

Honorable Mention       
  • Energize Phoenix and Arizona Public Service (APS) Solutions for Business (City of Phoenix Arizona, Arizona State University , and Arizona Public Service (APS) Marketing)
  • Energy Leader Partnerships Program (Southern California Edison)
  • Fresno Energy Watch (Pacific Gas and Electric Company)

Cooperatives and Public Power –  Residential  

  • Green Home House Call (Burbank Water and Power)
Honorable Mention       
  • Help My House (Central Electric Power Cooperative (Central) and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC))
  • EnergyRight® In-Home Energy Evaluation (IHEE) Pilot Program (Tennessee Valley Authority)

Cooperatives and Public Power, Business           

  • Energy Efficient Cities (Austin Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources, Owatonna Public Utilities, Rochester Public Utilities, and Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment)
  • EnergyRight® Solutions for Business (ERSB) /EnergyRight® Solutions for Industry (ERSI) (Tennesee Valley Authority)
Honorable Mention       
  • LPEA Energy Efficient Commercial Lighting Retrofit Rebate Program (La Plata Electric Association)

On-Bill Financing              

  • On-Bill Financing Program for Nonresidential Customers (San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company)
  • On-Bill Recovery Financing (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA))

Market Transformation                 

  • LED Accelerator (Energy Solutions and Pacific Gas and Electric Company)
  • Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Project (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance)
  • PG&E Distributor Channel Engagement (Pacific Gas and Electric Company)
Honorable Mention       
  • ENERGY STAR Pilot Program for Manufactured Homes (Tennessee Valley Authority)

Niche/Other Programs 

  • New York Power Authority Energy Services Schools Program (The New York Power Authority)
  • CenterPoint Energy Foodservice Program (CenterPoint Energy)
Honorable Mention       
  • Energy Efficient Pools and Spas (NV Energy)
  • Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (Energy Outreach Colorado and Xcel Energy)
  • Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) Hospital Efficiency Program (Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G))

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