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VEIC Receives DOE Award to Encourage Energy Labeling and Benchmarking

Oct 27, 2014

Thirteen states received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) State Energy Program last week to expand energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts. The Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) received $380,000 to work with VEIC, the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP), GDS Associates, and Energy Futures Group on a project highlighting the value of energy efficiency in buildings.

The project will build upon VEIC’s past work in creating the Vermont Home Energy Score, which is aimed toward enabling home owners, buyers, and sellers to value energy efficiency. The project goal is to develop a national model for building energy benchmarking and disclosure in the residential, municipal, and commercial sectors through a multistate project in Vermont and New Hampshire. VEIC and its project partners will advance home energy labeling in both states, pursue policies to expand data access, implement benchmarking pilots in the municipal and multifamily sectors, and engage and train real estate professionals.

VEIC has worked closely with the Vermont DPS and New Hampshire OEP in the past, including a recent assessment of the economic feasibility of implementing a new statewide “Energy Efficiency Resource Standard” in New Hampshire, completed by VEIC. This new project will expand regional collaboration between Vermont and New Hampshire and provide VEIC with further opportunities to share tools and expertise with other states and organizations.

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