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Science-Based Targets Inspire a Smarter Investment Strategy in Retail

Ty Colman

Near the end of 2015, shareholders of a large U.S. retailer proposed a proxy resolution requesting the company commit to purchasing more renewable energy. This retailer approached POINT380 for guidance. What proceeded is a case for using performance data and a science-based approach to advance corporate sustainability. In the first phase of the project, we   …Continue Reading


New Green Advancements in Hospital Environments

Dixie Somers

The call for industries to become eco-friendly has not fallen on deaf ears. Any organization that wants to remain relevant to the population it serves is trying to meet this new demand. This includes healthcare. Hospitals and nursing home facilities face unique challenges when it comes to using ecologically sound practices. About 15 percent of   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: August 19, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC national average benchmark price for retail electricity increased last week to $0.0735 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Prices decreased 2.4% in Texas, which is the only deregulated market in the U.S. that experienced a price decrease last week. In Texas, the benchmark price for retail electricity last week remained the lowest in the U.S., $0.0413/kWh. Prices increased the   …Continue Reading


Who Should Pay for a Utility’s Bad Business Decisions – Owners or Customers?

Dick Munson

When companies fall into financial trouble, shareholders and executives are usually held responsible. If a firm, for instance, assumes too much debt, its owners face several options. They could issue more equity or stock, bringing in more revenue but decreasing the value of their current stock holdings. They could cut the dividends to shareholders. They   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: August 12, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The Energy Research Council (ERC) national average benchmark price for retail electricity continues to decrease, falling to $0.0723 per kilowatt hour (kWh) last week. Nationally, prices are 4.1% lower than four weeks ago. Texas is the deregulated market with the lowest benchmark price for retail electricity ($0.0421/kWh). Prices have decreased 7.8% in four   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: August 5, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC national average benchmark price for retail electricity declined for the fourth week in a row by 0.087% week-over-week, to $0.0731 per kilowatt hour. Benchmark prices fell the most in Maine (-1.99%), Rhode Island (-1.73%), New York (-1.58%), and Connecticut (-1.55%). The benchmark electricity price in Connecticut is now -8.66%   …Continue Reading


Predictive Maintenance, It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination

Matt Gates

Predictive maintenance is no longer only about maintaining a single piece of equipment to ensure reliability. Today it is about the macro view of energy consumption, devices, system optimization, and continuous awareness. With predictive maintenance, you can take a holistic view of your building’s energy consumption and the performance of systems and equipment for optimized,   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: July 29, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC national average benchmark price for retail electricity decreased again last week to $0.0737 per kilowatt hour (kWh), representing a -2.1% decrease in the past four weeks. Prices are lowest in Texas ($0.0428/kWh) and Ohio ($0.0567/kWh), and are highest in Massachusetts ($0.0983/kWh) and New Jersey ($0.0950/kWh). Although average benchmark prices for retail   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: July 22, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC average national benchmark price for retail electricity dropped dramatically last week by more than one percent (1.09%) to $0.0747 per kilowatt hour. The largest price decline was again in Texas (-2.15%), followed by New York (-1.97%), and Connecticut (-1.50%). In fact, 13 restructured states experienced a marked decline in   …Continue Reading


What You Need To Know About Green Insulation: Green Seal’s New Standard

Daniel Pedersen

The global growth of green building is accelerating, driven by benefits ranging from health and comfort to image, branding, and tax breaks. More than half of the institutional and commercial construction in the U.S. is expected to be green in 2016, and significant growth is forecasted in developing markets. The main benefit from green building is lower operating costs from savings in energy, waste, water and maintenance; energy efficiency depends heavily on insulation.