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GEM-SAD: The Green Energy Maine Secret Acronym Decoder

Please email us if you don't see your acronym here and we'll add it to the list. If you are still curious after learning what something stands for, try looking in our G.E.T. (Glossary of Energy Terms), too.

 

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ACEEE

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

ACEC

American Council of Engineering Companies

ACI

Affordable Comfort Institute

ACT

Association for Commuter Transportation

ADCF

Advance design cross flow, a type of turbine

AED

Advanced Electric Drive (vehicles)

AEE

Association of Energy Engineers

AEWC

Advanced Structures and Composites Center (this is not a typo!)

AFDC

Alternative Fuels Data Center of DOE-EERE

AFV

Alternate-Fueled Vehicles

AHA

American Hydrogen Association

AMI

Advanced Metering Infrastructure 

AMR

Automated Meter Reader

ANSI

American National Standards Institute

ASHRAE

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASME

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASTM

American Society for Testing and Materials

AWEA

American Wind Energy Association

B5

Biodiesel 5%, diesel fuel 95%

BA

Building America (Program of the DOE)

BARA

Building America Retrofit Alliance

BESC

Bio Energy Science Center (of DOE)

BHE

Bangor Hydro Electric Co.

BOC

Building Operator Certification

BPI

Building Performance Institute

CA-CP

Clean Air-Cool Planet

CAP

Community Assistance Program

CARB

Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings

CBEA

Commercial Building Energy Alliance

CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

CEA

Commercial Energy Auditor

CEE

Consortium for Energy Efficiency

CEI

Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

CEM

Certified Energy Manager

CEP

Competitive Energy Provider

CESP

Community Energy Strategic Planning

CFL

Compact fluorescent light bulb

CHAdeMO

CHArge de MOve electric vehicle charging protocol

CHP

Combined heat and power

CMP

Central Maine Power Co.

CO

Carbon monoxide

CO2

Carbon dioxide

Cp

Coefficient of Performance

CPP

Clean Power Plan

CPV

Concentrated Photovoltaics

CREB

Clean Renewable Energy Bonds

CREST

Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool

CREZ

Clean Renewable Energy Zones

CRI

Color Rendering Index

CSP

Concentrated Solar Power

CTG

Combustion Turbine Generators

DEP

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

DER

Deep energy retrofit

DER
Distributed Energy Resources

DHP

Ductless Heat Pump

DOE

US Department of Energy

E2Tech

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine

ECLP

Energy Conservation Loan Program

EECBG

Energy Efficiency Community Block Grants

EERE

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (part of DOE)

EISPC

Eastern Interconnection Status Planning Council

EL

Ethyl levinulate

EM & V

Emission measurement and verification

EROEI

Energy Return on Energy Invested

ESPC

Energy Savings Performance Contracts

EUI

Energy Use Intensity

EV

Electric vehicles

EVSE

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

FAME

Finance Authority of Maine

FBRI

Forest Bioproduct Research Institute (at University of Maine Orono)

FCHEA

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

FERC

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FIW

Fox Islands Wind power project

GCCMIF

Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund of the US-Economic Development Administration

GEM

Green Energy Maine website

GET

Green Energy Maine's Glossary of Energy Terms

GHG

Greenhouse Gas

GMRI

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

GPCOG

Greater Portland Council of Governments

GREET

Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy use in Transportation software tool

GW

Gigawatt

H2

Hydrogen

HEC

Hydrogen Energy Center

HERS

Home Energy Rating System

HESA

Home Energy Savings Advisors

HESP

Home Energy Savings Program

HEV

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

HIF

High Intensity Fluorescent (light)

HTF

Heat Transfer Fluids

HVAC

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

IAQ

Indoor Air Quality

ICF

Insulated Concrete Foundation (Forms)

IEEE

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

IEQ

Indoor Environment Quality??

IES

Illuminating Engineering Society

ISO-NE

Independent Systems Operator for New England

JEDI

Job and Economic Development Impact

KVCC

Kennebec Valley Community College

KW

Kilowatt

KWH

Kilowatt hour

LA

Ligulinic Acid

LCFS

Low-Carbon Fuel Standard

LCOE

Levelized Cost of Energy

LED

Light-emitting diode

LFG

Landfill Gas

LiDAR

LIght Detecting and Ranging System

LIHEAP

Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (federal)

LLC

Limited Liability Corporation

LMOP

Landfill Methane Outreach Program (of US-EPA)

LURC

Land Use Regulatory Commission

MABEP

Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals

MCA

Maine Composites Alliance

MCAT

Midcoast Collaborative for Access to Transportation

MEEP

Maine Energy Education Program

MEMA

Maine Energy Marketers' Association

MEP

Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership

MEPC

Maine Engineering Promotion Council

MESEA

Maine Solar Energy Association

MEWG

Maine Energy Work Group

MGEA

Maine Green Energy Alliance (defunct)

MIAQC

Maine Indoor Air Quality Council

MMSA

Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance

MOEIS

Maine Office of Energy Independence & Security

MOWII

Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative

MPPT

Maximum Power Point Tracking algorithm for wind turbine controller

MPRP

Maine Power Reliability Program

MPS

Maine Public Service

MREA

Maine Renewable Energy Association

MRRA

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority for Brunswick Naval Air Station, OR:

MRRA

Maine Resource Recovery Association

MSTA

Maine Science Teachers Association

MTI

Maine Technology Institute

MUBEC

Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code

MW

Megawatt

MWEA

Maine Wind Energy Association

NABCEP

North American Board Certified Energy Practitioners

NASCSP

National Association for State Community Services Programs

NECEC

New England Clean Energy Council

NEEP

Northeast Energy Program

NEESC

Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster

NESCOE

New England States Committee on Electricity

NHA

National Hydrogen Association OR:

National Hydropower Association

NiMH

Nickel metal hydride

NMCC

Northern Maine Community College

NRCM

Natural Resources Council of Maine

NREL

National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado

OEIS

(Governor's) Office of Energy Independence and Security

OEM

Original Equipment Manufacturer

ORH

Ovonic Renewable Hydrogen

ORNL

Oak Ridge National Lab

ORPC

Ocean Renewable Power Company

PACE

Property Assessed Clean Energy

PCM

Phase Change Materials for building enclosures 

PGH

Pretty Good House

PHEV

Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle

PEM

Proton Exchange Membrane

PM

Permanent Magnets

PPA

Power Purchase Agreement

PPL

Plug and process loads

PTC

Production Tax Credit

PUC

Public Utilities Commission of Maine

QP

Qualified Partners program of Efficiency Maine

REACh

Residential Energy Assistance Challenge

REAP

Rural Energy for America Program

REC

Renewable energy credits

REII

Regional Energy Infrastructure Initiative

RESNET

Residential Energy Services Network

RET

Radiant Energy Transfer

RFP

Request for proposals

RGGI

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

RPS

Renewable Portfolio Standard

RSS

Really Simple Syndication (a type of news feed)

SAD

School Administrative District, OR

SAD

Secret Acronym Decoder tool

SBA

Small Business Administration

SCS

Slew Control System

SEIA

Solar Energy Industries Association

SEP

Superior Energy Performance program of DOE

SEPA

Solar Electric Power Association

SITES

Sustainable Sites Initiative

SMCC

Southern Maine Community College

SRG

Switched Reluctance Generator

SRI

Solar Reflectance Index

TAP

Technical Assistance Program (of US-DOE)

TEPCO

Tokyo Electric Power Company

TES

Thermal Energy Storage

TGU

Turbine generator units

THC

Thousand Home Challenge

TIF

Tax increment financing

TIP

Transmission Infrastructure Program (of the US-DOE)

TLC

Training, licensing and certifications

TLP

Tension leg platform, a type of offshore wind turbine platform

ULS

Ultra-low sulphur (a type of diesel fuel)

UMF

University of Maine at Farmington

UMO

University of Maine at Orono

UMPI

University of Maine at Presque Isle

UNE

University of New England

USM

University of Southern Maine

VAWT

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

VEETC

Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit

VFD

Variable Frequency Drive (formerly volunteer fire department)

VMT

Vehicle Miles Traveled

VOC

Volatile Organic Compound

VRRF

Voluntary Renewable Resources Fund (Grants)

VSD

Variable Speed Drive

WAP

Weatherization Assistance Program (of US-DOE)

WFIP

Wind Forecast Improvement Project  (of US-DOE and NOAA)

WPA

Wind Powering America (Program of EERE, of US-DOE)