posted by William R. Stott
Published: February 03, 2010
A new web resource, launched this week by the Clean and Efficient Energy Program (CEEP), encourages the sharing of experiences, best practices and educational resources among energy efficiency program managers at public power utilities. CEEP’s online community allows stakeholders to learn about and discuss aspects of energy efficiency program design, implementation and evaluation, while making connections with peers and energy efficiency experts.
CEEP, a nationwide initiative with a mission to promote and support the energy efficiency efforts of locally-owned utilities, is a partnership of the Alliance to Save Energy (the Alliance), the American Public Power Association (APPA), and the Large Public Power Council (LPPC).
Missy Mandell, LPPC's Executive Director, points to the importance of energy efficiency as part of a utility's resource plan stating "with demand outpacing supply, costs rising, and environmental concerns mounting, public power utilities face a number of challenges in securing affordable, reliable, and clean energy. Energy efficiency is one of the most constructive, cost-effective ways to address these challenges."
The new web platform includes a comprehensive resource library where users can easily access decades’ worth of advice, how-to guidance and case studies, researched by and gathered from public and private sector leaders. Through ratings and comments, the user community can be actively involved in defining best practice strategies. CEEP frequently adds new materials to the site, however users are also encouraged to upload resources that they find helpful and to share information about their own successes and challenges.
In addition, users can seek or offer advice in CEEP’s discussion forums by joining an ongoing conversation or starting a new discussion thread. Overtime, CEEP will increasingly become a product of its users as it captures more and more information based on real world experiences.
APPA CEO & President Mark Crisson adds that “APPA seeks to offer a wide variety of education, policy and advocacy resources and services to help public power utilities promote energy efficiency. CEEP compliments Energy Efficiency Resource Central (www.eercnet.org), public power’s effort to provide resources on energy efficiency, by linking our members to guidance developed by dozens of energy efficiency advocacy organizations.”
Jan Schori, former general manager for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, chairs the CEEP Steering Committee, which is comprised of fellow public power leaders. Schori comments, “There are 2,010 public power utilities in the U.S., accounting for 16 percent of all electricity sales. Many are leaders in energy efficiency – CEEP’s online community will help utilities that are just starting out or exploring new areas to find strategies that have already been field-tested and proven by their peers.”
The unveiling of cleanefficientenergy.org coincides with Clean Energy Week (February 1 – 5), an initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy and nearly 80 other organizations (www.cleanenergyweek.org). Alliance President Kateri Callahan notes, “The new CEEP website could not have come at a better time. This resource embodies many of the goals of our Clean Energy Week partners: to engender dialogue, to showcase proven best practices, and to advance energy efficiency.”