The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released a report that profiles 90 of America's leading energy efficiency programs, including the categories of commercial and residential lighting. The "Compendium of Champions: Chronicling Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs Across the U.S." summarizes the organization's second national review and selection of the most-effective energy efficiency programs.

Self-nominating programs were evaluated based on proven results, cost-effectiveness, innovative services, measures of success, and amount of energy saved through their implementation. A six-person jury made up of ACEEE experts and independent energy-efficiency experts conducted the judging.

In the Commercial/Industrial Lighting Programs category, the exemplary programs are: the Bright Ideas Commercial Lighting Program of Canada's Energy New Brunswick (www.efficiencynb.ca); the Lighting Efficiency Program of Minnesota's Xcel Energy (www.xcelenergy.com); the New York Energy Smart Small Commercial Lighting Program of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (www.nyserda.org); and Xcel Energy's One-Stop Efficiency Shop Lighting Rebate Program (www.xcelenergy.com).

In the Residential Lighting Programs category, the exemplary programs are: the Arizona Public Service Energy Star Residential Lighting Program (www.aps.com); the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Energy Star Residential Lighting Program (www.nwalliance.org); the Puget Sound Energy Energy Star Residential Lighting Program (www.pse.com); and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company Upstream Lighting Program (www.pge.com).

Portions of the compendium, or the complete publication, can be downloaded free at http://aceee.org/pubs/u081.htm; a hard copy can be purchased for $75.