The American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program funds research, pilot projects, and education to improve the operations and services of public power utilities. Popularly known as DEED, the program uses as its symbol the "eta," a Greek letter used by scientists to denote efficiency. See a program overview.
Is your organization already a DEED member? Check the DEED member list.
For 40 years, the DEED program has helped in the development of major innovations for the public power community. Click here to view some of the many accomplishments over the years and access the DEED Project Database (required a DEED member login) for a look at all the projects that have come through the DEED program.
View DEED's new Program Highlights flyer, which summarizes recent accomplishments. Check out this document to quickly access lessons learned from the most recently completed, public power focused, DEED supported, research projects.
Recent DEED News
The October 2020 DEED Digest includes:
- Celebrating 40 Years of DEED Innovation in Enhancing Learning Environments with Tunable Lighting
- Take the 2020 DEED Membership Survey- deadline extended to November 5!
- The Department of Energy's Office of Cyber Security, Energy Security, and Emergency Response has announced a $12 million cooperation with APPA and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Read more about this partnership here.
- The spring 20201 utility grant cycle opens on November 1. Start working on your application now to receive a grant of up to $125,000!
- APPA and the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) are hosting a free working group meeting on November 18th to assist public power utilities that are planning and executing community solar programs. Please attend and get feedback from peers and industry experts on your community solar journey.
- DEED webinar on November 19: New Energy Efficient Cooling Systems Use of Recycled Water is a Win-Win for Utilities and Customers. Learn about the results of their pilot test for large, open spaces in need of conditioning. Register today!
- Show off your innovative projects or your utility's commitment to R&D by submitting a nomination for a DEED Award. Join a select group of DEED members who have been rewarded with an Award of Continued Excellence or Energy Innovator Award over the last 40 years.
- It's a great time to get some tips on how to submit the best grant application possible. Watch this webinar to hear directly from DEED directors Liz Jambor and Rachel Huang on how to identify research considerations that should be incorporated into a successful project.
Prior DEED Digest Newsletters here.
Joint action agencies DEED toolkit here.
We are now accepting submissions for the 2021 Award of Continued Excellence and the Energy Innovator Award. Nominate your utility today!
Any American Public Power Association member utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association may join the DEED program for a fee. As a DEED member, your organization can:
- Apply for funding: Receive a DEED grant up to $125,000 for a pilot project; early commercialization or new technology demonstration; or the development of best practices, services, tools, and publications that strengthen public power utilities and improve customers’ lives.
- Share project ideas: Before applying for funding, DEED members may explore potential projects and partnership opportunities with industry vendors that are Association corporate associate members. Use the DEED Idea Exchange.
- Hire an intern: Boost your workforce development and recruitment efforts through DEED’s scholarship program. Get a student to work at your utility and strengthen relationships with local universities.
- Learn from other utilities: Search, learn from, and replicate any of 500+ innovative projects, through comprehensive project reports in the DEED project database. These projects cover topics from energy efficiency, demand response, reliability, and lighting, to renewable resources, safety, security, storage, drones, and environmental topics.
- Access the best resources: Attend DEED webinars at no charge, from the convenience of your office. Enjoy special savings on publications, software, videos, and e-learning on reliability, safety, security, energy efficiency, lighting, environmental management, and more.
- Obtain discounted resources: The APPA Store carries products, such as those in this flyer, developed through DEED that are sold to a wider audience. DEED members receive complimentary or discounted pricing.
Join DEED today — email us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2900 for membership information.
DEED Membership Dues
Utility members: Dues are 20 percent of Association membership dues with a $115 minimum and $11,500 maximum. Association members that are under the Federal Service Contract category can join DEED with full benefits for a flat fee of $2,500.
Joint action agencies: Joint action agency dues cover the Agency and its Association members for DEED membership. Dues are 20 percent of the combined total of all agency members’ Association dues up to $20,000, plus an additional 10 percent on calculated dues over $20,000. Agencies paying DEED dues on behalf of their Association members receive complimentary DEED membership.
State and regional associations: Associations can join the DEED program with full benefits for a flat fee of $275.