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Posted By: Dennis Wamsted - Freelance Journalist and Consultant, WamstedOnEnergy.com
On: February 1, 2016
In today’s rapidly changing energy industry, efficiency measures seldom show up in the headlines—slow, steady improvements simply don’t have much `sizzle.’  But while they may be boring, these slow, steady improvements are rewriting the rules in the utility industry. The latest indication of just how important these efficiency-related changes are  more...
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Posted By: Bob Ornstein - Senior Manager, Ecova
On: January 29, 2016
Not surprisingly, business owners are focused on running a successful business-it takes time, energy and money to keep customers, employees and other stakeholders satisfied while maximizing profits. Therefore, energy efficiency is not always top of mind for most businesses, although it can add substantial savings to the bottom line. It  more...
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Posted By: Bruce Baccei - Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
On: January 26, 2016
Extreme weather events the first harmful disruptive effects of Global Warming are killing thousands of people around the world, already affecting increased flooding at high tides and causing billions of dollars of damage, and all of these effects are caused by our continued consumption of fossil fuels, petroleum, natural gas,  more...
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Posted By: Bob Ornstein - Senior Manager, Ecova
On: January 22, 2016
In my last article, I discussed some of the challenges to commercial efficiency programs due to changing markets. Now it’s time to talk solutions – that starts with how customers are being engaged to want to participate in the first place. Many utility commercial and industrial (C&I) energy efficiency programs develop contractor  more...
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Posted By: Michael A. Nicoloro, P.E. , Joan M. Fontaine, PE
On: January 20, 2016
Independent energy districts can enable building owners to produce their own power and heat. Managing fluctuating energy costs is a fundamental challenge facing commercial real estate developers and owners. Building owners and tenants need reliable access to stable, affordable sources of energy. The unpredictability of long-term availability and prices is  more...
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Posted By: Bruce Baccei - Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
On: January 19, 2016
Throughout western US, particularly in the southwest and California, peak electrical demands during hot summers are extremely expensive for utilities and customers. These peaks are primarily driven by conventional air conditioning which drops in efficiency just when relief from the heat is most needed. In positive contrast, indirect evaporative systems  more...
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Posted By: Bob Ornstein - Senior Manager, Ecova
On: January 15, 2016
More and more, utilities are expressing a growing desire to engage with commercial and industrial (C&I) customers that have not participated in efficiency programs and to capture additional energy savings from non-lighting measures. That’s because utilities are looking at the changing market that is impacting their programs and positioning themselves  more...
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Posted By: Bruce Baccei - Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
On: January 12, 2016
Co-Authored by: Jonathan Woolley SMUD Energy R&D and UC Davis’ Western Energy Cooling Center (WCEC) teamed to install and field test a Daikin Rebel advanced heat pump on the shop of Harley Davidson of Sacramento. It should be noted that the shop was previously cooled only by direct evaporative systems  more...
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Posted By: Charles Y. Chen, PhD - Chief Strategy Officer, Energetics Incorporated
On: December 15, 2015
With the conclusion of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), the global focus on climate change has reached a crescendo. For the first time in over 20 years of United Nations negotiations, there is the potential for a universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below  more...
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Posted By: Charles Y. Chen, PhD - Chief Strategy Officer, Energetics Incorporated
On: December 8, 2015
Residential buildings, which account for about 38% of the electricity use and 12% of all U.S. primary energy use 1, provide an opportunity for energy efficiency and energy generation. Retail stores such as Lowes 2 and Home Depot 3 carry energy saving products that can reduce a home’s energy use,  more...
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