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Getting Serious About Energy Metrics

Pieter Noordam

Bridging the gap between collecting data and really knowing what you’re paying for. As energy costs continue to rise and the pressure to become more environmentally friendly continues to mount, businesses are increasingly looking for ways to use energy more efficiently, lower carbon impact and reduce energy spending. Traditional methods for understanding a company’s energy   …Continue Reading


5 Reasons Clean Energy Investments Beat Expectations

Karin Rives

The solar industry is booming, and the US Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, chastised after several high-profile cleantech companies went belly up in 2011, has more than recovered. In fact, leading venture capitalists, some of our largest banks and brands, and — lately — private investors are expected to continue to invest heavily in   …Continue Reading


ERC: Retail Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending May 15

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends Last week marks the second week that retail electricity price benchmarks* have increased, from an average low of .0819 week-ending May 1, 2015, to .0830 week-ending May 15, 2015. Although New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Connecticut had slight declines in their average price benchmarks, other deregulated states, lead by Illinois   …Continue Reading


Musk’s Latest ‘First Principles’ Breakthrough

Sara Gutterman

Elon Musk thinks differently than most people do. Rather than applying logic to issues that is derived from and compounded upon existing reasoning, Musk reduces issues to their essential core, and then develops new intelligence based on the fundamentals of pure reason. Musk learned this “First Principle” methodology from the field of applied physics. A   …Continue Reading


ERC: Retail Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending May 8

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends After a month of declining retail electricity prices, ERC’s average price benchmarks increased last week in almost all of the 13 deregulated states. Leading the surge was Texas, with just over a 3 percent increase in its average price benchmark. Only Maine continued a downward trend in its average price benchmarks.   …Continue Reading


Are Apple and Google Disrupting America’s Century-Old Energy Market?

Gavin Purchas

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and buy clean energy directly from a third-party solar provider. For Apple, the big win was a contract that locked in affordable energy for the next 25 years. But the deal also set a historical   …Continue Reading


ERC: Retail Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending May 4

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends As we enter May, the start date for ERC’s average price benchmarks for retail electricity shifts to June 2015. Price benchmarks last week declined across the board, led by Rhode Island, Illinois and Ohio. This marks the forth week in which there has been an overall decline in the average price   …Continue Reading


Six Critical Tips to Transform Your Organization’s Energy Management

Micah Remley

It’s mind-boggling to consider that until recently, energy management was one of the last remaining organizational line items tracked by spreadsheets, often treated as an afterthought. The opportunity costs and lost gains from this approach are huge. Consider these data points: $700 million is wasted every year from running unoccupied buildings in “occupied mode” over   …Continue Reading


The Hidden Pitfalls of Natural Gas Cost Savings

Steve Wilhite

I’ll let you in on a secret: Saving on natural gas under the current market conditions is relatively straightforward. Thanks to a precipitous (and ongoing) decline in US natural gas prices (top chart) and a parallel decline-rebound-decline in Europe (middle and bottom charts) over the last 12 months, most suppliers can easily offer buyers year-over-year   …Continue Reading


One Man’s Experience with Engaging Building Operators

Guy Porlier

This column offers a variety of anecdotal advice that may prove useful if you find yourself integrating a new product within a group of skeptical building operators. The deal is done. The ink is still fresh, and you have a new client. Later, as the technical lead, you are formally introduced to the individual who just put said ink   …Continue Reading