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The Quest of doing Laundry: Calculating cost, emissions, and values

The Quest of doing Laundry: Calculating cost, emissions, and values

Around this time last year, there were several exciting events concerning water usage. For one, LEED version 4  officially took over the LEED version 2009;  one of the changes is the inclusion of process water in the Indoor Water Use Reduc ...

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Managing Trade Allies for Maximum Value

Managing Trade Allies for Maximum Value

Contractors are critical to the success of most utility energy efficiency programs, typically contributing 75% of project applications. These relationships must not only be developed, but managed and nurtured. When program managers dedicate time ...

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The Pitfalls of LED Linear Tubes and Smart Lighting Systems

The Pitfalls of LED Linear Tubes and Smart Lighting Systems

At first glance, retrofitting an existing fluorescent fixture with an LED Linear tube seems like an appealing option. You achieve some of the energy savings associated with LEDs without having to purchase and install a new fixture. The popularity be ...

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Crafting Incentive Structure to Speed Market Adoption of Advanced Lighting Controls

Crafting Incentive Structure to Speed Market Adoption of Advanced Lighting Controls

Utilities looking for deeper savings need to consider diversifying their energy efficiency portfolios. In many areas, state and regulatory targets are increasing, creating more complexity and moving the market away from offering only widget-based pro ...

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Click here for energy savings: engaging utility customers online

Click here for energy savings: engaging utility customers online

We have been talking about upgrading the water heater in our home from a traditional storage tank model to a tankless water heater for a while now. I live in San Francisco and am a PG&E customer. I recently logged into my utility account and PG&a ...

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ISO 50001: easier Article 8 compliance, plus energy cost savings

Right across Europe, Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (also known as ‘Article 8') now applies. Simply put, from December 5th 2015, businesses with at least either 250 employees - or annual revenues of €50 million and an ...

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Perfect Strangers: Evaluators Working with Implementers

Perfect Strangers: Evaluators Working with Implementers

The Problem The implementers of energy efficiency programs and the people who evaluate these programs are frequently at odds. Too often these relationships are fraught with distrust and disappointment. One common reason is that evaluators are ofte ...

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Three Cups of Coffee and Energy Efficiency

Three Cups of Coffee and Energy Efficiency

One of the most challenging tasks is starting projects in a new territory lacking minimal experience with energy efficiency.  We have learned that to start and manage a new program to the level of meeting or exceeding savings goals, the process requ ...

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Moving to the Middle — How to Navigate the Ins and Outs of C&I Midstream Programs (Part III)

Moving to the Middle — How to Navigate the Ins and Outs of C&I Midstream Programs (Part III)

By Dave Backen, Christopher Burmester, David MacDonald and Mary Ann Sheehan Part III: Examples from Midstream Programs in Practice In the first two installments (read part one and part two) of our series on midstream programs, we had looked at ...

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National Grid EFR winning bids surprisingly cheap: what will this mean for the future of storage in Britain?

National Grid EFR winning bids surprisingly cheap: what will this mean for the future of storage in Britain?

The much anticipated response to the National Grid Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction has produced some surprising results. The eight winning bids, all of which were storage facilities, came in surprisingly cheap, ranging from £7/MW to just u ...

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