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Concerns Over California’s Prospects to Reach Its Zero Net Energy Goal

Valerie Eacret, ERS, for Zondits A number of leaders of industry associations and the NRDC together penned a letter to the Commissioners of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to voice their concerns over California’s prospects of meeting its Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goal for new homes by 2020. […]

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The Key Benefits of a Residential Direct Install Program

Residential Energy Efficiency Direct Install Programs — Case Study Clean Technica, December 1, 2016 The challenge is that education and behavior can be elastic. Sometimes behaviors become habits. Other times, people regress once they stop seeing visual cues or hearing messages affirming their behaviors. For this reason, hardware improvements are often deemed to be long […]

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Energy Efficiency Should Connect Customers and Innovate Partners

How Utilities Can Become Efficiency Innovators Greentech Media, November 28, 2016 The New York Public Service Commission, seeking innovative solutions in its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, instead opted for an outcome-oriented approach to measuring and incentivizing efficiency performance. An outcome-oriented metric would focus on the policy goal of reduced energy use overall, putting a smaller […]

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If Energy Efficiency Behavior-Change Programs were Pokemon Characters

Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits Behavior change might be the next frontier for energy efficiency programs. Although it is not as prevalent as traditional efficiency offerings, these programs offer a new and growing source for savings. Behavior-change programs come in all different shapes and sizes, and there are varying amounts of data on their effectiveness. […]

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FirstEnergy’s Efficiency Plans Face Critical Review

FirstEnergy could make millions in profits from its energy efficiency plan Midwest Energy News, September 22, 2016 Critics say FirstEnergy’s plan to resume its energy efficiency programs in Ohio could let the company take credit for work done by others and make millions of dollars as a result — at customers’ expense. Profiting from others’ work? FirstEnergy’s […]

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Undersea Turbine Company Wins $5.3 Million

Jesse Remillard, ERS, for Zondits In a small, coastal Maine town near the border of Canada, a group called the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has been testing undersea turbines to generate power from the large tidal flows characteristic of the area. The units, which resemble vertical wind turbines, are undergoing testing to further refine […]