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Posted By: Ann Livingston - program manager, SWEEP
On: May 6, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included many references to energy efficiency as a strategy to achieve Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance and encouraged states and utilities to pursue this path.  Even though the Supreme Court of the United States has issued a "stay" on the CPP, some states are moving  more...
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Posted By: Patrick McVeigh - President, Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management
On: March 23, 2016
pMainstream views of investing have evolved. Themes are emerging that reflect the rise of transparency, global connectedness, and a new generation of consumers that is focused on investing with a conscience. The trend is typified by the enthusiasm of the private sector at the conclusion of last year’s Paris summit  more...
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Posted By: Rasika Athawale - Research Manager, Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy
On: February 12, 2016
A combination of factors including a deep and long recession since 2008 led to a flattening of electricity demand, and a dramatic reduction in wholesale natural gas prices with corresponding downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices that contributed to a reassessment of metrics used by policymakers in evaluation of energy  more...
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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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