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Find APPA reports, articles, examples of energy programs at other utilities, and links to more energy-efficiency resources, at APPA’s Energy Efficiency Resource Central at

Energy services list server
Participants in this electronic forum communicate instantly via e-mail with other public power professionals on issues related to energy services, energy efficiency, load management, integrated resource planning and demand-side management. APPA offers list servers on a variety of topic areas to allow members to discuss policy and operational issues with their peers.  Topics include: key accounts, environmental issues, transmission and distribution, pricing and market analysis, and others.  These discussions are open only to employees of APPA member utilities and state and regional associations.  Sign up at Discussion Forums.

Energy Services Committee
APPA’s Energy Services Committee provides a forum for public power professionals to exchange ideas and information about utility efforts to match energy use, consumer needs, and utility costs in the most efficient manner. Committee members deal with the full spectrum of energy services, including energy efficiency and load management, marketing, integrated resource planning, and product and service issues. Committee membership carries no obligations, but guarantees members will receive information about new APPA products and services related to energy services.  To join the committee, email Susan Lynch at

Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Program
The RP3 program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Energy efficiency is an important aspect of running a successful utility, especially in the current industry setting, and is included in the system improvement section of the application. The intention is for utilities to demonstrate leading practices in implementing energy efficiency programs as well as informing their community on the observed and potential benefits of such programs. Utilities that meet the guidelines in each of the four areas are recognized for their achievement. Email or visit the RP3 website for more information on the application process and requirements.

Hometown Connections
A utility services subsidiary of APPA, Hometown Connections supports APPA members by securing national group pricing and service arrangements from leading industry suppliers. Services offered through Hometown Connections include:

  • Online Energy Audits & Calculators - Enercom
    Enercom is the industry’s leading developer of Internet-based customer software applications, with clients representing more than 400 energy and water utilities. Applications include online residential and commercial energy and water audits with reports, graphs and consumer recommendations on energy savings. The Energy Depot software also includes an appliance calculator showing energy usage and costs, plus a comprehensive Energy Library.
  • Cloud Computing Solution for Tracking Rebates and Other Conservation Incentives - energyOrbit
    eneryOrbit enables utilities to improve staff productivity and achieve energy savings goals by replacing disparate spreadsheets and documents with an easy-to-use online system. Utilities deploy energyOrbit to automate such functions as the processing of residential and commercial program applications, the calculation of rebates for energy efficient appliances/lighting/HVAC equipment, and the reporting of conservation program results to government agencies.
  • Energy Efficient Lighting – PowerSecure
    PowerSecure manufactures commercial, industrial and utility-grade LED lighting.  A solid state ambient light sensor in the SecureLite area/street light replaces the traditional photo-cell.  The PowerSecure portfolio includes proprietary LED lighting solutions for utilities, municipalities, retailers, and commercial and industrial applications for specific outdoor applications:
    • The Area/Street Light LED fixture is a replacement for existing dusk to dawn fixtures with wattages of 100W, 150W or 175W.  A utility typically rents this fixture to homeowners or commercial customers. This fixture can also be used to replace up to a 175W HID fixture in street light applications and is available in a type 2, 3 or 5 light distribution pattern.
    • The highly efficient Parking Lot LED fixture replaces 400/1000 Watt MH fixtures, with instant on/off and 24K+ lumen output.
    • The Wall Pack LED is a 55-watt fixture with adjustable head and 4100 lumen output.

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Other energy efficiency organizations

Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. The Alliance offers a variety of programs, brochures, public service announcements, energy audit materials, interactive and educational tools and much more - many items at low cost or no cost!

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
ACEEE is nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of energy efficient programs and technologies with the goal of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.

Best Practices for Energy Efficiency Benchmarking
Numerous case studies and information about "best practices" programs.

Consortium for Energy Efficiency
The Consortium for Energy Efficiency is a North American nonprofit organization that works with its members to promote energy-efficient products, technologies and services.

Electric Power Research Institute
As a nonprofit organization, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research and development on technology, operations and the environment for the global electric power sector.


Energy Career Support
My Energy Gateway was created to help high school students, returning military and displaced workers chart an educational path toward a career in energy. The website contains a comprehensive database of over 2,000 colleges and technical institutions that offer degrees and certifications in energy efficiency, alternative energy, sustainability, green building design and more. Users can search for their ideal degree by area of specialization (i.e. solar, sustainability, HVAC, etc.), tuition costs, location, school size and more.

Energy Savers
Created by the Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Savers provides information on saving energy in the home, business, and industry. Offers many practical energy-saving tips, energy calculators and software, information on financing home energy efficiency improvements and much more!

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping consumers save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. There is information on buying energy efficient appliances and homes, green building practices and efficient commercial building design.

Energy Kid's Page
Source created by the Department of Energy Energy Information Administration for games, puzzles, classroom activities, glossary and energy history for kids.

The U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC is committed to expanding sustainable building design and construction. USGBC developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building rating system.

Regional Partnerships for Utilities
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project