"The fourth quarter of 2017 concluded a busy and productive year for the alliance. Highlights from 2017 include strong market progress for heat pump water heaters, the addition of two promising technologies – low-e storm windows and electric split-system water heaters – to NEEA’s portfolio and progress on the draft strategic direction for NEEA’s 2020-2024 business cycle. In December, the alliance presented the third annual Leadership in Energy Efficiency awards. On behalf of NEEA staff and the NEEA Board, I would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees. Also in December, NEEA’s Board of Directors approved the 2018 Operations Plan. Focus areas include keeping the region’s energy efficiency pipeline full, launching and advancing several market transformation programs (both electric and gas), and continuing heat pump water heater momentum."