Monday, May 02, 2011

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Summit


             neep-15anniv-logo-portrait.gif                  Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Hosts Summit in Rhode Island

Celebrating 15 Years of Making Energy Efficiency Matter


LEXINGTON, MA – NEEP announced today that that the annual Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit, the premier annual event for showcasing the region's leadership in accelerating energy efficiency, will be held in Warwick, RI June 7-8 at the Crown Plaza Hotel.  Prominent efficiency advocates, Paul Roberti, Commissioner, RI Public Utility Commission, and James Madej, National Grid, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer are the Co-Chairs for this year's summit.  The theme, Efficiency: Making it Matter, will focus on how leading policy, industry, and business leaders shape the face of energy efficiency as a tool to reduce our carbon footprint, stimulate the economy, and decrease energy costs.


"2011 marks NEEP's 15th anniversary and we're excited to celebrate the great strides that the Northeast has taken towards recognizing and adopting energy efficiency as an effective solution to the challenge of reliable and clean energy, said Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP. "This year's Summit theme, Efficiency: Making It Matter, will focus on the key issues facing the efficiency movement today and in particular the challenge of winning hearts and minds across the region to make efficiency happen."


Program Overview

The Summit includes a day of workshops prior to the conference, which will target specific efficiency technologies including solid state lighting and residential lighting.  Additionally, registered attendees will also be able to attend a tour of nearby Nathan Bishop Middle School, a an existing 4-story Georgian Revival Style building constructed in 1929 designed under the new RIDE regulations, which includes the adoption of the Northeast CHPS High Performance School protocol. .  The all-day regional conference will address challenges and successes achieved in messaging the importance of energy efficiency to consumers and financing for efficiency in the Northeast.


The Summit will also include our successful Business Leaders program, a celebration of regional business leaders who have implemented energy efficiency measures and investments in order to gain a competitive economic advantage across a variety of industries.


"Energy efficiency is one of the most powerful answers to securing energy security, climate change mitigation, and environmental and economic sustainability," said Commissioner Roberti. "The state of Rhode Island continues to build on our commitment to accelerate energy efficiency in all areas of our work.  Having the NEEP Summit in Rhode Island this year allows us to showcase our successes."


"National Grid is committed to integrating energy efficiency into our residential and commercial programs so that our customers can realize significant savings," said Jim Madej. "NEEP contributes to our success in the Northeast and for over a decade we have been proud to partner with such a dedicated organization."


About our 2011 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit Co-Chairs

Jim Madej headshot.JPGJim Madej, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, National Grid

Jim Madej is the Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at National Grid.  In this role he is responsible for brand, strategy, new products, emerging technologies and sales of gas and energy efficiency programs. Madej leads a team of dedicated staff that provides the linkages between corporate citizenship, economic development and local communities. He currently serves as a board member for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and as Marketing Co-Chair for the Natural Gas Vehicle Association.  Mr. Madej holds a BA in Business Administration from St. Michaels College.


Roberti3.JPGPaul Roberti, Commissioner, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

Prior to his appointment to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Mr. Roberti served for 17 years in the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, most recently as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Regulatory Unit. In that capacity, he has been involved in hundreds of proceedings involving public utility and energy matters before the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board, the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).



To complement the conference, the Summit will feature an exhibition of 40 leading-edge providers of energy efficiency products and services for the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Exhibitors include Conservation Services Group, CREE, Embertec, ThinkEco, Enerpath, Jaco Environmental, OSRAM Sylvania, Lime Energy, and Tendril.



The NEEP Summit regularly draws 400 to 500 attendees from all over the United States, with most coming from the Northeast region, to discuss ways of ramping up efficiency. Sponsorship opportunities are available at multiple levels. All sponsors receive significant visibility in communications and marketing materials, as well as exhibit space, complimentary passes to the Summit, and other benefits. To find out more, visit


About NEEP

NEEP is a non-profit organization that transforms the way we use and think about energy.  Through advocacy, collaboration and education we focus on three areas where we believe energy efficiency can have the greatest impact: buildings, high efficiency products & best practices.  Our unique approach helps bring together all stakeholders to accelerate energy efficiency and highlight its impacts on the region, the economy, and the planet.  For more information, visit


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