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Did You Make the Most Important List of 2020?

22 Dec , 2020  

Taylor Patterson, ERS Santa Claus, like many of us, has faced unprecedented challenges this year because of  the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic has had tremendous impacts on all aspects of life: School, work, social life, the economy, and the environment. It has shined a light on pressing issues, like human impacts on the environment and […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Energy Storage, Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

Maximizing Grid Energy Storage in Nantucket

1 Nov , 2019  

This article was originally published on PNNL on Oct. 9, 2019. NANTUCKET, Mass. –  With the simple cutting of a ribbon this week, residents of Nantucket Island, joined by state and local officials and representatives from National Grid, the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity (OE), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), ushered in […]

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Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

Massachusetts Earns Top Marks in Energy Efficiency from ACEEE

11 Oct , 2018  

ACEEE Ranks Massachusetts Top State for Energy Efficiency Written by Alyssa Danigelis, energymanagertoday.com, October 8, 2018 (Image: The 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard results. Credit: ACEEE) For the eighth year in a row, Massachusetts ranked number one in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)’s state scorecard for energy efficiency. The 12th annual 2018 […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends, Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

The Cost of Saving Electricity Across the US

16 Aug , 2018  

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Berkeley lab turns out comprehensive estimate of efficiency cost — and it’s cheap Written by Robert Walton, utilitydive.com, July 7, 2018 Dive Brief: The figure is highly variable, depending on geography and demographics, but on average it costs $0.025 to save a kilowatt-hour of electricity, according to research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The analysis looked […]

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Building Technology, Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy, Whole Building

Measurement and Verification vs. Ongoing Commissioning

10 Jul , 2018  

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Utility Strategies for Energy Efficiency: Measurement & Verification (M&V) and Ongoing Commissioning senseware.co, July 10, 2018 The world energy consumption is constantly rising. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the increase is well over 28% between 2015 and 2040. It is important to note that in commercial buildings, this number is even higher at nearly 40%. […]

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Industrial Technology, Process, Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

ACEEE Summer Study: Updating Steam Trap Savings Calculations

7 Jun , 2018  

The Need to Update Steam Trap Savings Calculations By Cameron Kinney, ERS for Zondits, June 7, 2018 Steam trap repair and replacement projects are currently the fourth-largest natural gas energy savings measure in Massachusetts. Program administrators (PAs) have been increasing their promotion of the measure in recent years due to its cost-effective nature, but evaluators […]

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Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

The Promise of Performance

6 Jun , 2018  

The Promise of Performance Written by Carmen Best, Director of Policy and Emerging Markets, OpenEE, June 6, 2018 Performance is the buzzword of efficiency today. Supporters seem to believe that the use of statistically-derived performance metrics may represent the greatest innovation in energy efficiency since the invention of the compact fluorescent light bulb. Pay-for-performance models […]

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Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

Clean Energy Programs, as Explained by Baseball

28 Mar , 2018  

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Clean Energy Programs, as Explained by Baseball Written by Allison Donnelly, ERS for Zondits, March 28, 2018 Suppose you wanted to improve how your community or customers use energy. A common way to do that is to create a program that offers incentives to decrease the cost of buying a more expensive – but better […]

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Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

Using M&V Data to Target High-Potential Opportunities and Program Savings

2 Aug , 2017  

M&V Data 2017 ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Lucy Neiman, ERS, for Zondits The International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) will be held August 7‒10 in Baltimore, MD, with presentations and workshops focusing on the topic “Making Ambitious Reductions Real: Accurate and Actionable Evaluation.” On Thursday, August 10, Amaury De La Cruz of Con Edison and Lucy Neiman of ERS will present a […]

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Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

Energy Consumption Data and the Grid of the Future

8 May , 2017  

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Utilities Should Sell Customer Electricity Data Lexington Institute, April 25, 2017 Digital technology is deployed on the electric grid to make it “smarter,” allowing two-way communication and the transferring of data. This enables customers to manage electricity costs and make the grid more reliable. Since new data is collected from sensors on the grid, sharing […]

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