NEER stakeholders at NASEO conference

National Energy Efficiency Registry Gains Momentum

by Pat Stanton

During the past few months I have been energized by the great work happening to create the National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEER). More than 150 experts have been reviewing the NEER’s draft principles and operating rules to be released for public comment in the spring of 2017. You’re invited to learn more and get ready to add your voice!

What is the NEER?
NEER logoIf you haven’t heard yet, this is what all the buzz is about:
–Consider the market transformation that has been driven by Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
–NEER will harness similar transformative power for energy efficiency by creating a transaction processing platform that allows EE Providers to document energy savings in a robust transparent manner to demonstrate progress toward energy goals and potential compliance with existing and future state and federal environmental regulations.

And here’s what I am most excited by:
–Standardizing document management and reporting protocols for EE projects can bring economies of scale.
–With a standardized NEER, states can add energy efficiency to their clean power portfolio with reduced administrative burden.
–Registries that create rigorous accounting through the creation, transactions and retirement of compliance instruments slash transaction costs and make public policies like RPS feasible. NEER has the potential to unlock access to potential compliance markets for EE Providers.

The state of Connecticut has incentivized EE project development through market-based tradable credits with a “Class III” designation within its RPS. To see how Connecticut uses EE credits, check out our case studies.

What’s E4TheFuture’s Role?
NEER development elementsWorking under contract for and in partnership with The Climate Registry, E4TheFuture is facilitating a two-year, state-driven stakeholder process to develop the draft principles and operating rules documents. This work is part of the States Initiative on Principles and Governance, one of four components in the overall NEER development process.

If you want to learn more about NEER, see a five-page fact sheet, or contact The Climate Registry.

–Pat Stanton is E4TheFuture’s Director of National Policy

Photo: Many of the NEER stakeholders gathered at the September 2016 NASEO annual meeting. Courtesy of The Climate Registry.
Disclaimer: This blog post has been prepared by and is the sole responsibility of E4TheFuture. E4TheFuture is not a National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEER) project partner and does not represent the U.S. DOE, the six states, and/or partners The Climate Registry (TCR) and NASEO in this document. As such, the views expressed are strictly those of E4TheFuture and may not precisely match information provided by the above-referenced project, participating states, or project partners. Pat Stanton, E4TheFuture Director of National Policy, serves as a consultant to TCR and as a member of the Steering/Advisory Committee for the NEER project; this document is not paid for under the DOE award.