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Distributed Energy Resources in NY: Evaluating Costs & Benefits

Beia Spiller

New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and smart electric grid. Many customers have begun taking advantage of new energy technologies and their falling prices by turning to community microgrids,   …Continue Reading


Energy Management Insights… Inspired by Thoreau

Gary Brooks

Henry David Thoreau wasn’t sitting on the shore of Walden Pond thinking about energy management when he said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” But when it comes to energy management, “what you look at” is critically important to “what you see.” You can’t manage what you can’t measure,   …Continue Reading


Clean Energy Solutions & Efficiency Unlocked with Upholding of FERC Order 1000

Michael Panfil

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed an important Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order, giving the agency a big win and aiding in the promise of a cleaner, smarter, and more efficient power grid. By upholding FERC’s Order 1000, the court confirmed what many think is common sense: Because the power grid crosses   …Continue Reading


Increase Water Management, Decrease Costs

Bob Zak

There’s no denying it – water is increasingly becoming an important issue. California is currently experiencing an unprecedented drought, and new studies suggest there will be a worldwide water shortage by 2040. As water becomes scarcer, prices will continue to skyrocket. Already, water prices have increased by 30 percent since 2008. From office buildings to   …Continue Reading


Planning for the 21st Century Grid

Carl Zichella

It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days.  What will the 21st century grid look like?  This is one of the key questions the Department of Energy is asking as part of the first “Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)” seeking to understand how much modernizing the nation’s   …Continue Reading


The Energy Efficient Path

Daryl Letto

Getting from point A to point B used to be a simple task. If we use the analogy of a vehicle, we would historically have planned a journey by thinking about if we wanted to get there the quickest way possible or if the purpose was to take a more scenic route. Or maybe we would   …Continue Reading


Efficiency Financing – Decide the Vehicle Before Discussing the Rate

Michael Park

In my first article about financing energy efficiency investments, I wrote about using equipment leases and financing agreements. In this article I’ll cover the most popular source of outside capital – the building owner’s commercial bank – and my thoughts on using loans and credit lines for equipment purchases. As most know, the two most   …Continue Reading


Coincident Peak and Your Electricity Costs

Daryl Letto

What’s driving your electrical energy spend?  It depends on the rate that you have negotiated with your utility provider.  It’s important to understand this since your electricity costs are typically six times greater than that of your natural gas energy spend.  There are typically three general components to the electricity bill: 1. Consumption Charge: Cost   …Continue Reading


Seattle’s Energy Code Bests National Standard

Duane Jonlin

Energy codes, the complex regulations that limit the energy consumed by new buildings, vary widely between states and even between cities. Not coincidentally, this distribution bears some resemblance to that familiar red state/blue state map from election season. More conservative regions of the country sometimes provide little or no regulation of building energy use, while   …Continue Reading


New Electric Utility Business Model a Bold Effort in NY

John Finnigan

The US electric grid has not been updated since World War II, when telephones, dishwashers, and air conditioning were the cutting-edge technology innovations of the century. Today, this same grid is struggling to cope with the technological advances of the last decade, a reality that hit home for New Yorkers in the wake of Superstorm   …Continue Reading


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