Consumers Union Energy Codes Update
- Energy Code Congressional Briefing - Environmental and Energy Study Institute hosted a Congressional Briefing on the importance of consumer involvement in energy codes. Speakers at the event were New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Stacy Weisfeld of Consumers Union, Maureen Guttman of Building Codes Assistance Project, and Laura Richardson of New Hampshire’s Office of Energy and Planning. The full briefing as well as the PowerPoint presentations can be viewed online at eesi.org/how-do-consumers-
- Maine Building Officials Say Energy Codes Benefit Consumers - Another survey showing that energy codes are beneficial to consumers! In a survey of 40 Maine Building Officials and Inspectors Association members at their general membership meeting on March 15, 2012, a strong majority were in favor of energy codes. For the results, please visit ourgreenenergyfuture.
- Minnesota Consumer Outreach Plan - Consumers Union, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Fresh Energy and other organizations in Minnesota are creating a long-term, comprehensive consumer outreach plan. The notes are online and open to comments. The finished plan should cover all possible outlets for reaching consumers and should be easily replicated and adjusted for other states. The next meeting will be at Fresh Energy’s office on April 19th, with a call-in number for those who cannot attend in person. To provide feedback or for more information about the next meeting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Energy Code Votes In Maine - As many of you know, Maine requires communities of over 4,000 people to build to the Maine Uniform Building Energy Code (MUBEC), which includes Maine’s version of the 2009 IECC; it is voluntary for other communities, leaving 40 percent of the state without code requirements. Beginning in April 2012 and throughout the coming year, communities will be voting on the MUBEC. CU plans to host information and campaign updates on our website and educate these communities on the benefits of energy codes. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and other local organizations will be attending town meetings and conduct public outreach in support of MUBEC. For more information about Maine’s code adoption, please visit ourgreenenergyfuture.
- New Addition to Energy Code Toolkit - Consumers Union and BCAP have added a door hanger to our collection of education materials! It will be available online soon. We are also working on a guide for policymakers, questions for consumers to ask their inspector, and a guide for buying energy efficient existing homes. Please contact email@example.com
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- New URL: OurGreenEnergyFuture.Org - CU’s energy website has a new URL, OurGreenEnergyFuture.Org! For updates on our energy code work, visit ourgreenenergyfuture.
- Comments? As always, if you are interested in becoming involved in these efforts or have feedback, please let us know!