Associations

AEEE: Efficiency Rising as an Energy Resource

Carl Weinschenk

It’s a bit counter-intuitive to think of energy efficiency as a resource. But the AEEE did just that – and found that it is third in the electric generation segment. And it may top the list in 2030.


An Interesting Summer for PACE

Carl Weinschenk

PACE programs are potent financing vehicles for commercial and residential upgrades and retrofits. Not everybody is happy with how they operate and are marketed, however.


The DesignLights Consortium Amps Up its Networking Initiatives

Carl Weinschenk

Most people agree that networked LEDs are a good thing. Getting there isn’t easy, however. The DLC aims to help.


SCTE, ISBE Join Villanova’s RISE Forum

Carl Weinschenk

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm – the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) said today that they are joining Villanova University’s Resilient Innovation through Sustainable Engineering Forum (RISE). RISE, the press release says, aims to advance sustainable enterprises. It says that that mission aligns with the SCTE/ISBE Energy 2020   …Continue Reading


Behind the Meter Energy Storage Soars

Carl Weinschenk

The rise of solar and wind power is leading to an explosion in energy storage, according to the U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2015, which was released last week by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. The study found that the overall U.S. energy storage market grew by 243 percent in 2015 and predicts that   …Continue Reading


Energy Audits, Onsite or Virtual, Are Vital

Carl Weinschenk

Energy audits are important tools in crafting policies and creating efficient infrastructures. It is, after all, impossible to fix what is wrong in a building without having a clear idea of what is going on. The good news is that auditing tools are improving. Today, however, audits are not well monitored or managed, at least according to Jim Kelsey,   …Continue Reading


Georgia Community Fund Offering Rebates for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Carl Weinschenk

The Green Communities Fund, a program from the Georgia Cities Foundation, is offering rebates for energy improvements in structures in the downtown of any city in the state. The rebate will be 25 percent of the pre-approved improvement costs, from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $100,000. The structures can be commercial, mixed-use   …Continue Reading


The Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council Supports State’s Aggressive Efficiency Goals

Carl Weinschenk

The Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council this week approved a resolution of support for the 2016-2018 Massachusetts Joint Statewide Three-Year Electric and Gas Energy Efficiency Investment Plan, according to the Worcester Business Journal Online. The site says that the plan directs utility companies to use energy efficiency approaches that cost less than buying directly from   …Continue Reading


IBEW, NECA Create Fund for Upgrades and Retrofits

Carl Weinschenk

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association has created the $300 million Clean Energy Fund. The fund, which will be available to the two groups’ members through ReNewAll and Tritec Americas, will finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage upgrades and retrofits for commercial buildings,   …Continue Reading


PACE Equity Expands in Milwaukee, Eyes Projects Nationally

Carl Weinschenk

A good overview of Property Assisted Clean Energy (PACE) financing in general and how it is progressing in Wisconsin was posted at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. PACE financing – which enables projects to be financed via an assessment on property tax bills – is being used in Milwaukee by the University Club, the Commerce building –   …Continue Reading