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The ACEEE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.

CIEE plans, coordinates, and implements applied research to advance productivity and competitiveness through energy efficiency. As a University of California research unit administered by the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, CIEE was established in 1988 in cooperation with the California utilities, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with major locations in Palo Alto, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina, was established in 1973 as an independent, nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI brings together member organizations, the Institute's scientists and engineers, and other leading experts to work collaboratively on solutions to the challenges of electric power. These solutions span nearly every area of power generation, delivery, and use, including health, safety, and environment.

Since 1975 the Energy Research Group, University College Dublin has earned an international reputation for its expertise in the theory and application of sustainable strategies in the design and construction of buildings. Through participation in EU and nationally supported programs and its consultancy activities, ERG's team of architects and engineers are committed to furthering energy-conscious and environmentally responsible design among the building professions. The group offers a comprehensive range of services to government, private, commercial, research and utility clients.

The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) was established in 1987 as a cross-discipline team concerned with new approaches to built environment energy demand reduction and the introduction of sustainable means of energy supply.

The mission of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability is to provide scientific-technical support to the European Union's policies for the protection and sustainable development of the European and global environment.

The Florida Solar Energy Center is the energy research institute of the State of Florida. The Center is nationally recognized for comprehensive programs in solar energy and energy-efficiency.

GTI is a leading research, development and training organization serving the natural gas industry. For the past 60 years, GTI has been meeting the nation's energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government.

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since we began in 1988, we have built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. Our programs cover a range of activities including both laboratory testing of lighting products and real-world demonstration and evaluation of lighting products and designs. We are the preeminent source of objective, timely information about lighting technologies and applications and about human response to light.

Since 1976 the National Center for Appropriate Technology has been serving economically disadvantaged people by providing information and access to appropriate technologies that can help improve their lives.

Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center serves as a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. Through its programs and services, the Solar Center seeks to stabilize energy costs for consumers, stimulate local economies, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, and mitigate the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuels.

ORNL is a Department of Energy multiprogram laboratory managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct a wide range of basic and applied research and development to advance in several Core Competencies the nation's energy resources, environmental quality, scientific knowledge, educational foundations, and economic competitiveness. ORNL collaborates with other federal agencies, industry, and universities. It is committed to excellence in all of its activities and operates in compliance with environmental, safety, and health laws and regulations. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Review ( ) is their quarterly magazine highlighting the research and development activities at the Laboratory, and is distributed without charge.

The REScheck (formerly MECcheck) materials have been developed to simplify and clarify code compliance with the model energy code (MEC), The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and a number of state codes. From this page, you can learn more about REScheck compliance products, and download (at no cost) the complete package of software, workbooks, and manuals.

Rocky Mountain Institute is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining. We do this by inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering's Solar Energy Lab is the oldest of its kind in the world. It has been recognized nationally and internationally for accomplishments in practical applications for solar energy. UW-Madison's SEL was awarded the highest distinction given by the International Solar Energy Society, the Weeks award, for outstanding achievements in developing practical uses of solar energy.

Texas A&M University's Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), established in 1939, is a division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. Affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Architecture, ESL develops and transfers energy efficiency technology.

DOE's Building Energy Codes Program is an information resource on national model energy codes. We work with other government agencies, state and local jurisdictions, national code organizations, and industry to promote stronger building energy codes and help states adopt, implement, and enforce those codes. The Program recognizes that energy codes maximize energy efficiency only when they are fully embraced by users and supported through education, implementation, and enforcement.

The University of California Energy Institute (UCEI), located on the Berkeley campus, is a multi-campus research unit of the University of California system. Since its inception in 1980, UCEI's mission has been to foster research and educate students and policy makers on energy issues that are crucial to the future of California, the nation, and the world.