Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency as a Utility Resource?

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments

Energy efficiency programs aren’t new. They have been around for 30 years or more in many states, since the energy crises of the 1970s. But according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency programs have grown and developed to become “a low-cost, high-value energy resource for electric utilities and | Read More

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How Energy Savings Performance Contracts Help Save Energy

June 28th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas | No Comments

We hear it all the time: If businesses and government would use less energy, they would save money. That’s just common sense, but energy-efficiency improvements cost money. In the case of government, that money comes from you, the taxpayer. There is a way to do it, though, without reaching into the taxpayer’s pocket. With Energy | Read More

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How Pennsylvania Took the Lead in Energy Efficiency

June 25th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a measure in 2008 known as Act 129 that was aimed at curtailing energy demand, creating jobs and reducing pollution. The Public Utility Commission is now considering whether certain programs required under the act are working or should be scaled back or discontinued. The programs not only are working, they ought to | Read More

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How To Sell Energy Efficiency

June 21st, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Brochures | No Comments

by Bridget McCrea via Getting customers to look past their checkbooks and invest in energy efficient equipment isn’t always easy In a world where an increasing number of individuals and companies are preoccupied with saving energy and making environmentally conscious choices, selling energy efficiency to clients is surprisingly difficult. In fact, many companies are | Read More

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June 19th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Informational | No Comments

Michigan businesses that are customers of DTE Energy are eligible for financial incentives through the custom rebate program of $.08 per kWh for upgrading to more energy efficient lighting by November 30, 2012.  This program is targeted for customers who have T12 fluorescent lamps to incentivize upgrading as the T12 phase-out will commence on July | Read More

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ESCO Market Will More than Double to $66 Billion by 2017

June 14th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

This post was courtesy of Pike Research Energy service companies (ESCOs), which provide comprehensive energy contracting services primarily to governmental, commercial, and industrial customers, form the core of most energy efficient buildings markets today, engaging in long-term energy efficiency contracts with building owners. As building owners and managers aim to increase the efficiency of their | Read More

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A Little Late But Getting In the Green Movement

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June 12th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Politically, a map of America may show red and blue states. But environmentally, many of these states are trying to turn green – as indicated by new research published by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. Despite being ranked in the bottom 10 on the ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North | Read More

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Government Leading Charge of Green Buildings

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 1 Comment

Reading the news lately, the Obama administration is taking energy efficiency very seriously with proposals and mandates in order to help society reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. This philosophy will take time to permeate society but over the years it will make a difference.

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Making Utility Rebates And Incentives Work

May 29th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Informational | 1 Comment

Guest Blogger, Christopher Morales via Facilities Net In these difficult economic times, as the nation still seems be recovering from recession, there is a scarcity of one resource essential to implementing any recommended energy-saving measures: money. Without access to sufficient funding, maintenance and engineering managers and their organizations cannot implement energy-saving measures. Depending on a | Read More

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Oregon School Districts Not Taking Advantage of Energy Efficiency Programs

May 24th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

In 1999 the Oregon Legislature passed a bill (SB 1149) that created a 3% surcharge on electricity bills to fund energy conservation programs in schools. From 2009 to 2010, 815 eligible schools received a total of $15.7 million for energy efficiency measures.  Being eligible meant that a energy audit had to be performed prior to | Read More

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