January 7, 2017

Celebrating 2016 and Looking Ahead to 2017

Thanks to the hard work of our Energy Savings for Appalachia team and so many of you, 2016 was packed with successes! Here are some of the key highlights we’d like to share:

  • Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. launched their Energy SAVER Loan Program, the first on-bill financing (OBF) program for home energy efficiency, achieved as a result of our efforts and strong demand from their members
  • We expanded outreach in the French Broad EMC service territory and formed strong partnerships with numerous community members and stakeholders, culminating in the French Broad Community Energy Forum
  • Through the NC On-Bill Working Group, we are working with NC Electric Membership Corp. to develop statewide resources that would help co-ops implement OBF programs
  • And, in Tennessee, we’ve continued to provide recommendations and support to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association as they’ve advanced their efforts to develop a statewide OBF program, which we hope to see launched in the coming year!

As for 2017, planning is still underway, but we’ve already identified some key goals:

  • Expand community outreach and education efforts in four new electric co-op service areas
  • Get commitments from four co-ops to develop or expand OBF programs by the end of the year
  • Continue to facilitate the development and expansion of the statewide OBF program in Tennessee
  • Achieve the development of a statewide infrastructure supporting co-op OBF programs in North Carolina
  • Hire a new Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator for our Tennessee campaign

We want to work with you in 2017! Check out the sidebar for ways to get involved.

Changing Faces of the Energy Savings team

While Energy Policy Director Rory McIlmoil has continued to lead the Energy Savings team, the rest of the team went through significant changes in 2016. We said a sad farewell to our friends and colleagues Amber Moodie-Dyer, Amy Kelly, and Eliza Laubach. However, we are glad to welcome Lauren Essick as the new North Carolina Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator, Katie Kienbaum as the North Carolina AmeriCorps Outreach Associate, and Lou Murrey as the Tennessee AmeriCorps VISTA Associate. We’re also looking forward to hiring a new Tennessee Outreach Coordinator in the coming weeks, which will round out our team so we can achieve great things in 2017!

Tips and Resources

Monthly Energy Efficiency Tip! — Appliances

Don’t let new appliances you received over the gift-giving season increase your energy bills. “Phantom loads” from plugged-in devices could cost you up to $200 per year! Use a powerstrip to conveniently turn off multiple appliances at once. Learn more!

Do you have an energy tip to share? Please email rory@appvoices.org to submit your tip!


Inclusive Financing Webinars
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance has two upcoming webinars about inclusive on-bill financing for home energy efficiency. Register for free here!

Introduction to Inclusive Financing for Energy Efficiency
Jan 12, 2 pm - 3 pm

Update on Inclusive Financing Programs in the South
Feb 16, 2 pm - 3 pm


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  5. Have you already made significant energy efficiency improvements? Share your story to help others see how they can experience the same benefits. Contact rory@appvoices.org to learn how.

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