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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


Energy a Big Deal at Cable-Tec Expo

Carl Weinschenk

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers will present energy-related special sessions, demos, tours and workshops at Cable-Tec Expo this week in New Orleans. The Energy 2020 program will present “Cable’s Power Innovators,” a look at vendor milestones in energy cost and consumption reductions. Energy 2020 will present a 90-minute session on energy management and offer energy case studies.   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Moves in Colorado

Carl Weinschenk

A blog at the website of the Colorado chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council discusses energy efficiency in multi-family buildings in the Denver area. The post points out that an investment of $109 million in energy efficiency improvements would save almost four times that amount – about $415 million – over 10 years. Examples   …Continue Reading


The Association of Energy Engineers’ Cert Program Approved by DoE

Carl Weinschenk

The Association of Energy Engineers’ Certified Energy Manager program is the first to be recognized under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines program. The guidelines, according to the AEE, is a national framework to help organizations develop training and certification programs that address consistency, quality and scalability issues in the commercial energy efficiency   …Continue Reading


Beverage Roundtable Releases Energy Management Guidelines

Carl Weinschenk

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has released an Energy Management Guidance overview, which is available at its website. The initiative has six goals, according to the organization: Boundary: Determining what operations will be included in tracking energy production and consumption. Baseline: Creating a benchmark performance and measuring improvement. Metering: Continuous collecting, measuring, and monitoring   …Continue Reading


US Photovoltaics: Strong in Residential, Struggling Elsewhere

Carl Weinschenk

The solar industry in the United States surpassed 20 GW of operational solar photovoltaic capacity during the second quarter of 2015, according to the quarterly report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The report says that 1,393 megawatts of photovoltaics were added last quarter. The residential sector installed 473 MW, which represents   …Continue Reading