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Vermont Energy Investment Corporation or VEIC is a non-profit organization in Chittenden County, Vermont that seeks to reduce the economic and environmental costs of energy consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy adoption. Since its founding in 1986, the organization has been involved in designing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in North America and worldwide.VEIC also operates three large-scale energy efficiency programs in the United States, including Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility. Wikipedia.

Hill D.G.,Vermont Energy
39th ASES National Solar Conference 2010, SOLAR 2010 | Year: 2010

There is a continuing and passionate debate on the pros and cons of feed in tariffs (FITs) as a policy mechanism for promoting the sustained orderly development of distributed renewable energy resources. Through an expansion enacted in May of 2009, the Vermont Sustainably Priced Energy Development (SPEED) Program provides the first statewide implementation of a Standard Offer Contract Feed In Tariff in the United States. This paper presents a case study of the Vermont SPEED experience, comments on the successes and challenges faced by the program, and uses the case study as a platform for a broader discussion of design issues and questions helpful to others who are advocating, implementing, or participating in a FIT program. Copyright 2010, American Solar Energy Society.

Nichols G.L.,Vermont Energy | Greschner S.L.,Grid Alternatives
42nd ASES National Solar Conference 2013, SOLAR 2013, Including 42nd ASES Annual Conference and 38th National Passive Solar Conference | Year: 2013

Installing solar in residential communities has long been perceived as only "for the wealthy." For example, incentives related to tax credits, by nature, exclude low & middle income homeowners who lack the tax liability to take advantage of them. In order to grow the solar market beyond early adopters, new market segments must be identified and targeted with policies, programs, and financing options that are more inclusive than the existing programs. Shifting perspectives to intentionally include these segments is a useful approach to design future solar programs. Shattering these existing perceptions will increase the industry's ability to obtain wide adoption that is needed to attain decreased expenses for customer acquisition, permitting, workforce development, and equipment. This paper will highlight two programs that have been successful increasing solar penetration in lowincome communities: 1. California's innovative Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program 2. District of Columbia's Renewable Energy Rebate Program for low-income single family homes. Copyright © (2013) by American Solar Energy Society.

Rowe A.,Carnegie Mellon University | Berges M.E.,Carnegie Mellon University | Bhatia G.,Carnegie Mellon University | Goldman E.,Vermont Energy | And 4 more authors.
IBM Journal of Research and Development | Year: 2011

In this paper, we present Sensor Andrew, an infrastructure for Internet-scale sensing and actuation across a wide range of heterogeneous devices designed to facilitate application development. The goal of Sensor Andrew is to enable a variety of ubiquitous large-scale monitoring and control applications in a way that is extensible, easy to use, and secure while maintaining privacy. To illustrate the requirements of Sensor Andrew, as well as the capabilities and limitations of the system, we outline one such application in which multiple classes of energy sensors are combined with environmental sensors to not only monitor energy usage but also identify energy waste within buildings. © 2011 by International Business Machines Corporation.

Granda C.,Vermont Energy
Light and Engineering | Year: 2010

For almost two decades U.S. energy efficiency programs have promoted the distribution, sale and installation of screw-base compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) as an important energy effi ciency measure. As energy efficiency programs have changed and grown, the dominant position of CFLs as the primary source of claimed energy savings has only become more entrenched. The typical U.S. energy efficiency program provider (electric utility, state or provincial authority and others) typically attributes over 50 % of claimed kWh savings in any given year to CFLs promoted by the program. Ongoing research can now shed some light both on the size of the remaining potential for growth in CFL's share of the screw-base market, and also the actual performance in terms of CFL efficiency and longevity.

An assessment system and method are described that capture indoor temperature measurements and corresponding outdoor temperature measurements in order to determine a thermal efficiency of a structure. The assessment system identifies quiescent periods and trims these periods to eliminate undesirable influences such as auxiliary heating or solar gain. The quiescent periods are then compared to outdoor temperature differences to determine the thermal efficiency of the structure. The system can model the structures performance metrics, through inferred qualitative and quantitative characterizations including, but not limited to, the buildings rate of temperature change as a function of internal and external temperatures, the buildings heating, cooling, and other energy needs as they relate to the building envelope, appliances, and other products used at the site and occupant behavior.

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