National Energy Efficiency Registry
About the NEER
Energy efficiency is the quickest and most cost-effective way to address energy security, environmental and economic challenges in the U.S. The National Efficiency Registry (NEER) has been designed by states to empower the public and private sectors to reap the economic, environmental and health benefits of energy efficiency.
Once implemented, the NEER will be the first-ever web-based platform that collects and tracks the savings associated with energy efficiency in a standardized and transparent way. The NEER is intended to serve as a central repository that will allow the public and private sectors to (1) transparently track energy efficiency and conservation savings, and (2) support the documentation of program compliance and voluntary tracking of sustainability and energy goals.
The NEER is also the essential first step toward creating a voluntary energy efficiency market. By creating a credible mechanism for energy savings and associated attributes to be bundled into financial instruments, the NEER sets the stage for an innovative new asset class in the U.S.
The NEER Project Team
In 2015, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, The Climate Registry (TCR) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), along with supporting organizations E4TheFuture and APX, were awarded competitive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a roadmap for the NEER. More information on the award is available here.
In the last two years, the Project Team has consulted with other states, local governments, academic institutions, the energy efficiency community and the public to ensure that the NEER can support a wide range of energy efficiency policies and programs.
NEER Principles and Operating Rules and the NEER Roadmap
On October 31, 2017, the Project Team released the NEER Principles and Operating Rules. The Principles and Operating Rules are the critical foundation for the web-based platform and also outline a credible, broadly supported reporting and verification standard that could underpin a voluntary energy efficiency market.
NASEO recently hosted a webinar on the NEER Principles and Operating Rules and the NEER Roadmap. To view a recording of the webinar and download the slides, click here.
What Can the NEER Do?
- Record and track energy efficiency savings associated with both utility and non-utility programs, including privately funded, voluntary initiatives
- Demonstrate the eligibility and verification of energy efficiency projects according to established standards
- Streamline energy efficiency project evaluation, measurement, and verification
- Address concerns about potential double counting of energy savings
- Be customized to suit the goals of any program
Next Steps for the NEER
The Project Team is looking for programs to pilot the NEER and working with states on how it can best be utilized.
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Contact us to arrange a demonstration of the NEER software – firstname.lastname@example.org
View recording of a NEER overview webinar:
- View recording from April 17th webinar here and view the slides here
- View recording from May 11th webinar here and view the slides here
Fast Facts on Energy Efficiency
- In 2016, U.S. energy efficiency jobs increased by 133,000 to 2.2 million
(source: https:/energy.gov/articles/doe-releases- second-annual-national-energy-employment-analysis-0)
- In 2016, building-related energy efficiency investments generated $68.8 billion in U.S. revenues
(source: Advanced Energy Economy, Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report, h p://info.aee.net/aen-2017-market-report)
- In 2015, U.S. energy services companies (ESCOs) generated $6.3 billion
- In 2016, U.S. industry invested $8.3 billion in productivity-enhancing energy efficiency manufacturing machinery and process equipment and combined heat and power (CHP).
(source: Advanced Energy Economy, Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report, http://info.aee.net/aen-2017-market-report)
- Increasing energy efficiency in industry, buildings, and transport could achieve up to half of the carbon reductions needed to peak global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
(source: IEA, 2015. Special Report on Energy and Climate Change)
- A review of studies made by IEA (2013) show that $4 can be saved in public health for every $1 spent on energy efficiency