NEEA Q2 2021 Emerging Technology Newsletter

Q2 2021 saw some exciting energy efficiency developments in the United States; two of them are described below: 

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (U.S.DOE) launched its E3 Initiative (the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity), focusing on the research, development, and national deployment of clean heating and cooling systems. As part of this initiative, the U.S. DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) formally announced support of the Advanced Water Heating Initiative (AWHI), joining NEEA, the Bonneville Power Administration, and nearly 50 other organizations. Research is underway, including limited outreach and engagement with volume homebuilders and with regional and national organizations and national labs. 
  • The DOE also announced its support for the Partnership for Advanced Windows Solutions (PAWS) to accelerate the national availability and adoption of advanced and highly efficient windows and window attachments. NEEA is leading the formation of this public-private collaboration which includes utilities, national labs, window manufacturers, state agencies, regional energy efficiency organizations, trade organizations and NGOs. This work leverages NEEA’s existing work on thin-triple pane windows and advanced secondary windows, for which the first site has been installed in Vancouver, WA. 

As always, please reach out with questions or suggestions on NEEA’s emerging technology work. We’d love to hear from you.

~Eric Olson, Sr. Manager, Emerging Technology & Product Management (Interim) ~

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