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The New Jersey ENERGY STAR Products Working Group Appliance and Windows Baseline Studies

Date Published: March 15, 2001     Document Type: Market Research Report, Report

The objectives of this study cover a wide range of issues and research topics relevant to the implementation of market-based energy efficiency strategies in this era of utility competition and deregulation. The short-term objective of the Appliance and Windows programs is to increase consumer awareness, acceptance and purchase of qualified ENERGY STAR products. In the longer term, the objective is to create a self-sustaining market for energy-efficient products. Methodology included telephone surveys, in-person interviews, and site visits. Two baseline studies were completed, one for windows, and one for appliances. Both include market share information, general awareness of ENERGY STAR among consumers and producers, involvement of dealers in the ENERGY STAR program, and the manufacturing level of production. The ENERGY STAR programs face informational, behavioral, structural, price-related, and product-feature related market barriers.

The Market for Operations and Maintenance Training in New Jersey

Date Published: May 25, 2000     Document Type: Market Research Report, Report

The goal of this report was to assess the options for utility assistance for operations and maintenance (O&M) training. Commercial and industrial O&M personnel, contractors, association representatives, consultants and experts were all interviewed to assess the need for additional training and/or certification. Respondents assessed the importance of certification as a tool for building the demand for trained building operations personnel. Interviews covered office, school, state, and industrial building types. The study found that the most attractive target markets for near-term training include: Property management firms with performance incentives in their contract; owner-occupant large offices; school districts with limited training in the past; small industrial facilities; and, state properties where staff are internally motivated to perform good O&M. The study also found that the most attractive options to offer to customers are: support BOMassachusetts marketing of the System Maintenance Technician certification program and at the same time, offer the NEEC/NEEP Building Operator Certification Program. The report also lists non-training options.