Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) congratulates all of the states that have maintained their commitment to energy efficiency or significantly improved their performance, based on last week’s announcement by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) of its 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
The ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard provides states with a detailed comparison of how their efficiency efforts measure up. The scorecard offers recommendations for how each state can improve their rank, encouraging progress toward a more efficient future.
VEIC operates energy efficiency utilities in two of the 15 top ranked states, and through its Consulting Division works with clients in 13 of the top 15 states. This work includes various projects that help make energy efficiency and clean energy more affordable and accessible through program design and implementation, as well as planning, forecasting and modelling services for clients in the utility, government, industrial, and non-profit sectors.
We are so fortunate to work with stakeholders and clients in these leading states. Every day we are inspired and humbled by their commitment to improving the lives of their residents and customers,” said Jim Madej, VEIC’s CEO. “ACEEE’s scorecard is an important validation of the all of the progress being made in advancing energy efficiency and shining a light on the myriad benefits that accrue to energy customers, not only through lower energy bills but also through improved reliability and stronger economies.
In fourth-ranked Vermont, VEIC operates the statewide energy efficiency utility Efficiency Vermont, under an order of appointment from the Vermont Public Service Board. Launched in 2000, Efficiency Vermont was the first energy efficiency utility in the country.
Vermont is home to progressive-minded utilities, policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and advocates who are committed to making sure Vermont customers have access to cutting edge energy efficiency programs and services to manage their energy costs and protect the environment,” said Madej. “That commitment is reflected in Vermont’s sustained position at the top of the ACEEE rankings, year in and year out.
VEIC also operates the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) under a performance-based contract with the city’s Department of Energy and the Environment. VEIC won the original competitive bid to launch the DCSEU in 2011, and was selected in a competitive rebid process in 2016 to continue operating the DCSEU under a new five-year contract.
DC’s climb up the ACEEE ranking in recent years has been remarkable, and is the result of a Mayor, City Council, and DOEE Director committed to not only advancing energy efficiency within the District, but also making sure all residents have increased opportunities to access the benefits of solar energy,” said Madej. “Efforts in DC to help low-income residents lower their energy costs and also develop career skills within the green energy sector have been especially impactful, and VEIC is honored to be a part of that work.