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Solving the energy trilemma

Posts posted in December 2013

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Five “tools” for digging deeper for energy savings

Energy efficiency first became a mission for utilities when the National Energy Conservation Policy Act of 1978 identified electric and gas companies as good vehicles for promoting public policy and programs related to conservation. Fast forward to 2 ...

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Introducing behavioral elements to commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs through an online rebate application

DNV GL and PECO recently launched a robust online application for commercial and industrial (C&I) energy efficiency rebates. By reducing transaction costs and streamlining the application process, the website engages program participants, encoura ...

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DNV GL and the CPUC analyze whole house/home performance in California

DNV GL and the CPUC analyze whole house/home performance in California

This author no longer works for DNV GL. As the end of the year approaches and cold weather sets in, it is timely to present a project that DNV GL has been has been working on for over a year: characterization of the Whole house/home performance ma ...

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How does storage interact with distributed generation?

How does storage interact with distributed generation?

Energy storage offers users the flexibility in the generation and delivery of energy on the distribution grid. Although storage is not a new concept in the power industry, recent developments in technology--along with policy changes--have brought us ...

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A remembrance – Nelson Mandela energy efficiency and sustainability

A remembrance – Nelson Mandela energy efficiency and sustainability

The passing of Nelson Mandela, former South African President and the embodiment of good leadership worldwide, is being noted by citizens around the world with a combination of joyful celebration of his life and sorrow at the loss of our collecti ...

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Is the energy industry headed for a utility death spiral? Not so fast…

This author no longer works for DNV GL. Not long ago, I gave an address at our 24th Retail Energy Executive Forum themed "Navigating Competitive Intersections." As the energy business continues to grow in complexity with new technology and new mar ...

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UK government: wind energy is cheaper than nuclear

This author no longer works for DNV GL. The UK woke up this morning to the news of an announcement about support for wind energy. We were told to prepare for major changes to the relative levels of support for onshore and offshore wind and solar e ...

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Five tips for navigating email marketing for utilities

Five tips for navigating email marketing for utilities

Does your program have an active email marketing strategy? Email marketing can be as simple as sending a short message to promote the launch of a new program, or as complex as customizing a monthly e-newsletter for hundreds of readers. Because everyo ...

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Reducing waste in energy consumption: Do flawed models equal sub-par results?

This author no longer works for DNV GL. I am an economist by training, and have spent the last 25+ years in several professional positions within the energy industry, affording me the opportunity to work on a variety of very interesting and challe ...

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The environmental effects of electric generation: What happens when you flip that switch?

I once heard someone say that every time you flip on a light, you are harming or killing something. Indeed, electricity generation is one of the most impactful of human activities. The same principle applies when turning up the furnace, or plugging-i ...

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