BURLINGTON — Energy-efficiency programs designed and implemented by Vermont Energy Investment Corp. have been called among the most innovative and effective in the nation.
VEIC programs in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors are setting a standard that should be emulated in other states, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
The report, entitled “Frontiers of Energy Efficiency: Next Generation Programs Reach for High Energy Savings,” estimates that these leading-edge programs, pioneered by VEIC and others, could yield a 27 percent reduction in electricity demand and a 19 percent reduction in natural gas demand if they were deployed across the country.
VEIC has operated Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first statewide energy-efficiency utility, for more than a decade. It also operates Efficiency Smart, which provides energy efficiency services to a network of 49 communities in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
VEIC programs that garnered recognition in the ACEEE report include:
Efficiency Vermont’s partnership with the Vermont Foodbank to distribute energy-saving light bulbs over the last several years, including more than 160,000 bulbs in 2011 alone; and Vermont’s Multifamily Housing Initiative, which has helped improve more than 5,000 housing units across the state since 2000.
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