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Four Things I Learned from Talking with Trade Allies

Four Things I Learned from Talking with Trade Allies

I recently had the privilege of hosting an AESP webinar (Trade Allies: Partnership or Vendor), where I interviewed Brian Earl, Vice President of Sales, Connexiones, and Mark Breuker, Managing Director, Burton Energy Group, to discuss utility and trad ...

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Understanding trade allies to improve program success

Understanding trade allies to improve program success

This article is republished from the April 2017 issue of Strategies, AESP’s exclusive magazine for members. To receive Strategies, please consider joining AESP. Utility demand-side management (DSM) programs rely on trade allies to market the be ...

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Integrated Resource Planning returns to Michigan

On March 10 the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Michigan Agency for Energy, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality held a meeting in Lansing to launch Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) in Michigan.  The renewed interest in IRP ...

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To deem or not to deem? That is the (valid) question.

To deem or not to deem? That is the (valid) question.

During the annual program planning and design phase, energy efficiency utility incentive program implementation teams have to consider how to balance risk and reward when determining whether measures should be custom or prescriptive. A utility and a ...

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How the drive for higher JD Power scores can hurt energy efficiency

Background on JD Power Score The trend for the past several years across the utility sector is a drive to increase JD Power scores.  As a result, national scores have increased and are now at their highest rating in eight years.  Most of this in ...

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Going home, part 2: Overcoming Obstacles to Deploying Utility Operational Expertise Behind the Meter

In the residential electricity market, utility operations have focused historically on the utility side of the meter: provide enough supply to match the current demand and make sure there are no transmission and distribution interruptions. Efforts to ...

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Advanced Lighting Controls – Market Feedback Required

This author no longer works for DNV GL. It is no secret that utilities are exploring ways to diversify their energy efficiency portfolios. One of the major trends right now is the movement away from offering only widget-based programs to encourage ...

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Utility was yesterday.  Internet of Electricity is tomorrow!

Utility was yesterday. Internet of Electricity is tomorrow!

While today we discuss how to integrate the rapidly growing intermittent Renewables Generation, and how Disruptive Technologies such as Distributed Generation, Storage and Electric Vehicles will reduce the value share of utilities in the electricity ...

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The top 5 challenges and opportunities of implementing a midstream program

When I was the C&I portfolio manager at ComEd, we launched a midstream lighting program in the Spring of 2010.  Over the next four years, ComEd’s midstream program offer would evolve to become one of the most successful program offers ever lau ...

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Future-proofing buildings – Part 2: Why LEED is not enough

Future-proofing buildings – Part 2: Why LEED is not enough

This author no longer works for DNV GL. In Part 1 of Future-proofing buildings, we described the three primary drivers that should motivate building owners to address resiliency at the facility level: cost to insure, cost to operate and business ...

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